State Help for Caregivers, Homemakers, & General Home Care
The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Department of Rehabilitation Services (DHS-DRS) is the state’s lead agency serving persons with disabilities. The Department of Rehabiliation Services (DRS) staff works one-on-one with individuals who have disabilities and their families to empower them to reach their employment, education, and independent living goals. Through the Home Services Program, DRS provides services to individuals with significant disabilities and/or brain injuries so they can remain in their homes and live as independently as possible. DRS customers are empowered to live self-directed lives, be actively involved in their communities, and retain control over the services they receive.
The following services can under certain circumstances be covered by state assistance programs:
- Homemaker Services
- Home Health Services
- Electronic Home Response
- Home Delivered Meals
- Assistive Equipment
- Environmental Modifications
- Respite Services
- Brain Injury (BI) Behavioral
/ Cognitive Therapies
- Brain Injury (BI) Habilitation
- Brain Injury (BI) Pre-Vocational
- Brain Injury (BI) Supported Employment
To receive services, an individual must meet these eligibility criteria:
- Be under age 60 at the time of application unless in the AIDS or Brain Injury Medicaid Waiver Program.
- Have a severe disability lasting 12 months or longer, or for the duration of life.
- Be at imminent risk of nursing home placement.
- Have applied, cooperated and obtained a decision on Medicaid eligibility unless already on Medicaid or spend-down.
- Require services in the home costing the same or less than nursing home costs.
- Be a State of Illinois resident with U.S. citizenship or show proof of legal entry into the United States.
- Have assets under the asset limit which is different for individuals under age 18 and those 18 and older.
- Have a physician’s approval of the initial plan of care.
- Score a minimum of 29 points on the Determination of Need (DON).
The Home Service Program staff will:
- Visit the person at home to discuss eligibility and available services.
- Complete application and conduct financial and non-financial eligibility assessments.
- Obtain needed releases of information for medical documentation and obtain a physician’s certification that.
services are needed and appropriate.
- Obtain a clear and easily identifiable copy of the customer’s State of Illinois Photo ID or valid Driver’s License.
- Develop a service plan and assist in locating service providers.
- Provide alternative resource information and information on appeal rights if eligibility is not met.
If you do not know where your office is or if you are unable to go there, you may call the automated helpline 24 hours a day at 1-800-843-6154 or at 1-800-447-6404 for those who are hard of hearing.
DHS also provides specialized services for people (who may be over the age of 60) with: HIV/AIDS, Traumatic brain injuries.
Community Care Program with Illinois Department on Aging
Care Coordination Units
Services under the CCP include:
You are eligible for Community Care Program services if:
- You are 60 or older;
- You are determined physically in need of service, meaning you are at least moderately impaired;
- You are a resident of a state of Illinois;
- You are U.S. citizen or legal alien;
- You meet the asset requirements, which will be explained to you when the care coordinator comes to your home;
- You apply for medical benefits.