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Shared Living Options Available for Seniors

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A Shared Living Program for Medicaid-eligible seniors and adults with disabilities has been launched by the R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services. The program is a new long-term care option that allows people to stay in the community while getting the health care services they need.

As part of the Medicaid Global Waiver, which AARP supported in the General Assembly last year, “Shared Living Options” is part of the state’s efforts to rebalance the long-term care system by expanding the range of home and community-based service options.

The program allows a Medicaid beneficiary who can no longer live independently to choose to live in a caregiver’s home. While shared living has been available for persons with developmental disabilities for some time, it has never been available to elders or adults with disabilities.

Under the program, the caregiver is responsible for providing a home-like environment for the beneficiary and also for providing personal care, meals, transportation and other needed services.

The Shared Living agencies will recruit host homes and oversee and monitor services, ensure the safety of the host home, provide training for the caregiver and provide nursing services if needed. The State has selected two vendors through a competitive bidding process to operate the program. They include: The Homestead Group, a Rhode Island based agency; and Caregiver Homes of Rhode Island, an agency that started in Massachusetts, but now has a presence in Rhode Island. Both agencies will help interested individuals or families find out more about Shared Living and if they may be eligible.

To inquire about this program, call THE POINT, Rhode Island’s Aging and Disability Resource Center at 462.4444 or find more information on the Rhode Island Department of Health website.

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