FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
General Questions for Home Care (Virginia)
Does Medicare cover Long-term care costs?
No, Medicare does not cover Long-term care costs. Medicare pays some part-time services for people who are homebound and need short-term skilled nursing care. Medicare does not cover ongoing personal care at home. But, Medicare may cover part of the first 100 days in a nursing home.
My mother was hospitalized with a stroke. Can she get Long-Term Care (Personal Care Aide) service right away?
Yes, she can ask for a Long-Term Care screening while in the hospital. And if she is approved, she will be able to receive the services at home, following the discharge. (This applies to a person with eligibility in Medicaid) Call our office for more information.
I have a PCA Certification from another company. Do I need to be recertified in order to work for CarePeople?
No. If you had a 40-hours of PCA Program training, you can work as a Care People PCA. Please call or visit our office and we will help you become a Care People employee.
I am interested in elder care. How can I become a Personal Care Aide?
Anyone who is 18 years of age and older, completion of 40 hours PCA training with passing the final test and most importantly, if you have a passion for caring elders; you can work as a Personal Care Aide. Call our office to reserve a spot in the classroom.
Can I continue to receive PCA services if I enroll for Home health skilled services?
Yes, each program has different goals of care. You can continue to have PCA services while you receive home health skilled services. Call our office for more information.
I’m currently receiving home care services from another agency. Is it possible to transfer the care to CarePeople Home Health?
Yes, the client has a right to choose a healthcare provider for his/her own care. Please contact us to initiate the process.
What is the difference between Home Health service and Personal Home Care service?
The difference between Home Health service and Personal Home Care service is the level of medical care services.
Home Health services require skilled services that would need a physician’s order. (Skilled services include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Registered nurses)
Personal Home Care services include unskilled services. (Personal Home Care services include help around the house, bathing, some light meal preparation and etc.)
Skilled Nursing/ Therapy Services (Virginia)
I am getting PCA services from another agency. Can I get Home health skilled services from Care People? (VA)
Yes, the client has a right to choose an agency for his/her care. While you are getting PCA services from another agency, you can receive home health skilled services from CarePeople. Our team will collaborate with your caregivers to achieve the goals of care.
What does being homebound mean?
A patient’s inability to leave the home without the assistance of another person. Also, leaving the home may be so difficult for the individual that it compromises their health or condition.
How do we pay for home health?
Home health care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. Please call CarePeople for questions. We will assist you to determine your benefits related to home health.
How and when does home health care begin?
Home health care can begin as soon as the patient’s doctor makes a formal request or referral. Our staff will make an effort to visit the patient within 48 hours of receiving the referral, as long as the visit meets the schedule and needs of the patient, family and/or primary caregiver.
Home Care (Maryland)
What is Community First Choice (CFC) program?
Community First Choice provides the option to offer certain community-based services as a state plan benefit. Community First Choice consolidated personal care services across two existing programs; Living at Home Waiver and Older Adults Waiver. The program allows individuals of any age who receive full community Medicaid benefits to have access to expanded services such as personal care, personal emergency response systems, services that substitute for human assistance, home delivered meals, and support planning.
What is Community-Based Options Waiver (CO) program?
The goal of the Community Options Waiver is to enable individuals 18 years of age and older to remain in a community setting even though their advanced age or disability would warrant placement in a long-term care facility. The Waiver program allows services, usually covered by Medicaid in a long-term care facility, to be provided to eligible individuals in their own homes or in assisted living facilities. The Community Options Waiver provides support planning services for potential clients and clients already enrolled in the program. Other services include personal care, respite care, home-delivered meals, environmental assessments, environmental adaptations, personal emergency response systems, assistive devices, behavior consultations, and nutritional consultations.
Am I Eligible for Medicaid?
Many different groups of people may be eligible for Medicaid in Maryland. As part of health reform in 2014, Maryland expanded Medicaid to nearly all adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level or about $16,643 per year for one person in 2017.
Also, if you are disabled or over age 65 and receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as well as Medicare:
You are entitled to full Medicaid benefits, which are provided as a wrap-around to Medicare once Medicare coverage begins. You may also be eligible for assistance with Medicare premiums, co-pays, and deductibles through the Medicare Savings Program.