At some point in your life you may reach the point where you need to move to a long-term care facility. Before reaching that point, however, you may simply need some extra help at home in order to avoid the move to a long-term care facility. Like most people you would likely prefer to remain in your own home as long as possible. If you are eligible for Medicaid you may be wondering “ Can I get Medicaid to help me at home in Texas? ” Fortunately, the answer is likely “yes”.
If you have reached the point in your life where you need help around your home in order to complete daily tasks and/or adequately care for yourself, but you are not at the point where you need the level of care offered at a long-term care facility, you may be able to turn to the Medicaid program for help. Medicaid is a federally funded but state administered health care program for low income individuals and families. If you do not already participate in the Medicaid program you should start planning ahead now to ensure that you will qualify when the time comes that you need to qualify. If you are already qualified for Medicaid in Texas you may be able to get several different types of assistance in your own home as a Medicaid recipient.
As a general rule, Medicaid will cover home health services on a short term basis (usually 60 days or less) if your primary care physician determines the services are necessary as part of an overall plan of care for a specific medical condition. In-home care might include therapy, skilled nursing care, or rehabilitative care.
If you are having trouble with one or more activities of daily living you might also qualify for the Primary Home Care (PHC) program in Texas. If you qualify, services provided by the PHC program may include:
Escorting a person to medical appointment for diagnosis and/or treatment.
Home management to help with housekeeping activities that support the person’s health and safety.
Personal care related to the care of the person’s physical health.
If you have additional questions or concerns about Medicaid planning, Medicaid benefits, or about your Texas estate plan in general, contact the experienced Texas estate planning attorneys at The Mendel Law Firm, L.P. by calling 281-759-3213 to schedule your appointment today.
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