Illinois Medicaid Paid Caregiver Program for Home Care in Chicago

Illinois Medicaid and Home Care

The Role of Illinois Medicaid and at Home Care in Chicago

Indirectly, Illinois Medicaid plays a role in the process for some people to provide paid home care in Chicago. However, the process is indirect and hands-off from the role that Home Care Powered by AUAF will take in servicing your home care.

It’s important to understand that in the state of Illinois and in the case of home care agencies in Illinois, home care agencies serve as a middle ground. Home Care Powered by AUAF trains and assigns home care aides. A CCU organizes the assessment and coverage of a home care recipient (whether through Medicaid or other means).

Though, this doesn’t mean any more steps in the process for you. If you are applying to be a recipient of home care, you would still apply with Home Care Powered by AUAF. Hence, it is from there that Home Care Powered by AUAF will notify a CCU about your application for home care. A representative from a CCU will come to asses your need for home care. With your level of need determined, you are assigned a home care aide.

Illinois Medicaid Paid Caregiver Program for Home Care in Chicago

Will Medicaid Pay for Home Care in Chicago?

In a sense, yes. But this isn’t a simple yes or no answer. Simply put, all you have to do is apply to be a client with Home Care Powered by AUAF. Your need for home care is assessed by an outside organization. Once your need is determined, you will receive home care that will be covered either by Medicaid or by another insurance agency.

Steps to Take to Become a Caregiver and Recieve Payment via Medicaid

This is a typical question for adults trying to understand how to become formal caregivers for their parents. Many mistakenly believe caregivers only receive payment through Medicaid. While Illinois Medicaid may be the means by which you are receiving coverage as a home care aide, it’s not as direct as you may think.

You apply to become a home care aide through Home Care Powered by AUAF. Your parent will apply to be a recipient of home care. Once you are hired and trained, and your parent has been deemed eligible for care, you will be paired as a formally paid home care aide for your parent.

How do I get a Caregiver for Someone Who Doesn’t Qualify for Illinois Medicaid?

You don’t only have to qualify or be a Medicaid recipient to receive home care. When you apply through Home Care Powered by AUAF to receive home care, an outside organization (a CCU) assesses your eligibility. This organization determines if coverage occurs via Medicaid or a separate insurance agency.

As a result, all Home Care Powered by AUAF clients are provided with caregivers. These professionals assist clients with services including meal preparation and personal care. And it is a CCU that will assess your need for a caregiver.

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How Do I Become a Caregiver for My Parent With Medicaid?

You can become a caregiver for your parent even in the case that they do not have Medicaid. Regardless of whether they have Medicaid or not, the next steps will require you to apply to be a caregiver with AUAF. Approval occurs following the hiring and training process. Take a look at more detailed steps about becoming a caregiver.

We Pay for Your Continued Training

Home Care Powered by AUAF offers a competitive hourly rate of $18 an hour to our caregivers. This rate is dependent upon performance. Successful performance is the completion and submission of monthly task sheets and timely punch in and out.

What Are Eligibility Requirements for Receiving in Home Care? (As Determined by a CCU)

These are the general requirements as defined by the Illinois Department on Aging. However, there are always exceptions in place. So you should always apply for home care services through Home Care Powered by AUAF, and receive your assessment from a CCU before trying to determine your own eligibility.

  • 60 years old or older;
  • U.S. citizens or legal aliens;
  • Are residents of Illinois;
  • Have non-exempt assets of $17,500 or less (Your home, car, or personal furnishings are classified as exempt assets.); and
  • Have an assessed need for long-term care (to be at risk for nursing facility placement as measured by the Determination of Need (DON) assessment).

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