Making Care Services Accessible
At Legacy Caregivers, we want to make quality services accessible to those who need them, and our team usually works with clients who receive public funding via Medicaid waiver programs. In Ohio, a significant amount of tax dollars helps ensure individuals with disabilities can receive the care they need for a better quality of life. Our services such as homemaker/personal care and vocation habilitation are part of the type of assistance Medicaid waivers can cover.
Ohio Home and Community-Based Medicaid Waiver Programs
Home Care waiver Services or HCBS waivers allow individuals with disabilities to receive appropriate care in their homes and communities. This helps them have a more fulfilling life and a greater sense of belonging compared to placement in long-term care facilities or hospitals. These programs also grant greater control over the services they receive and promote overall increased autonomy.
Individual Options Waiver
The Individual Options or IO waiver can be an appropriate option for individuals who may require extensive assistance in their homes. IO waivers don’t have age requirements, but applicants must be eligible for Medicaid, have a developmental disability level of care, and need at least one of the services within the IO waiver scope of caregiving.
The Self-Empowered Life Funding or SELF waiver is a good solution for people who want to be in charge of some of their services. If you have a SELF waiver, you can be in charge of hiring and training the people who provide your services. You can manage your budget for the services you want.
Eligibility criteria for SELF waivers include:
- Medicaid eligibility
- A developmental disabilities level of care,
- Good health and safety while using the SELF waiver
- Ability to manage money in a budget or choose somebody to manage it for them
- Directing support staff for at least one waiver service or choosing someone to do it for them
What to Do When You Don’t Have a Waiver
If you do not have a waiver yet, we recommend that you contact the board of developmental disabilities in the county you currently live in. They will assign you an intake person and a Service and Support Administrator (SSA).
Legacy Caregivers serves the following counties:
SSAs advocate for the rights of eligible individuals, including those with developmental disabilities, and protect their interests. They monitor caregiving agencies for individuals with disabilities. They perform thorough assessments to determine what types of services are appropriate and what waiver programs someone may be eligible for.
If you aren’t eligible for a Medicaid waiver, you can still contact us. We accept private pay clients on a case-by-case basis, and we will review your situation and discuss rates if we can help you without a waiver.