Covering the cost for assisted living can be very expensive for most families to afford. For qualifying residents, we participate in financial assistance programs which may help reduce the cost of your living expenses. Call us to learn more about the New Choices Waiver Program provided by the Utah Department of Health and assisted living programs provided by the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
New Choices Waiver Program
Provided by the Utah Department of Health, the New Choices Waiver Program is designed to help qualifying applicants. This waiver is designed to serve people who meet nursing facility level of care and who have been residing long term in a nursing facility or assisted living facility. The program provides supportive services to enable individuals to live in their own homes or in other community-based settings.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old;
- Applicants must be Utah Medicaid recipients;
- The primary condition must not be attributable to a mental illness;
- The individual does not meet ‘Intensive Skilled’ level of care criteria; and
- The individual does not meet level of care criteria for admission to an intermediate care facility for people with intellectual disabilities (ICF/ID).
In addition to the above criteria, eligible individuals must be:
- Receiving Utah Medicaid reimbursed nursing facility care on an extended stay basis of 90 days or more; or
- Receiving Medicare reimbursed care in a licensed Utah medical institution (that is not an Institution for Mental Disease), on an extended stay of at least 30 days, and will discharge to a Medicaid certified nursing facility for an extended stay of at least 60 days; or
- Receiving Medicaid reimbursed services through another of Utah’s 1915(c) waivers and have been identified as in need of immediate or impending nursing facility care; or
- Residing in a licensed assisted living facility on an extended stay basis of 180 days or more.
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Aid and Attendance Program (Veterans)
Aid and Attendance is a non-service connected benefit for Veterans or their surviving spouse whose medical expenses exceed their income and who need regular help with Activities of Daily Living. The Veteran must have served at least 90 days of active military service, with at least one day of service during a period of war. They Veteran must have received an Honorable discharge. The person must have medical need to be eligible for Aid and Attendance.
To be eligible the Veteran or the surviving spouse must have:
- Medical expenses that exceed their income. This can include prescriptions, assisted living costs etc.
- Liquid assets of less than $80,000. (Does not include their home)
- The person must need help with at least two Activities of Daily Living:
a. Bathing b. Dressing c. Eating d. Toileting e. Transferring
For 2014 a married Veteran can receive up to $2,085.00 per month. A Single Veteran can receive up to $1,759.00 per month. The surviving spouse of the Veteran can receive up to $1,130.00 per month.