Choosing long-term care options for you or a
loved one can be an emotionally and
physically traumatic experience. This
section is dedicated to providing information
that will help you make the best decision regarding
Navigate through this section to learn about the various program options, and feel free to contact your Regional Ombudsman to ask specific questions.
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homes are primarily designed to meet the needs of people recuperating from
illness or to provide long-term care nursing supervision for persons with
chronic medical problems.
Nursing homes provide different levels of care. In Arkansas nursing homes contract with the State to provide differing levels of care to residents depending upon their medical needs. These four levels of care are:
Resident requires constant assessment of needs and plan of care.
Requires heavy care i.e., Tube Feeding, IV Therapy, Ventilator, Stage III
or IV Pressure Sore.
is totally dependent in three areas of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): ambulation,
toileting, and feeding.
requires moderate assistance in ADLs, but can be totally dependent in one or two
III: Resident requires minimum assistance
with ADLs, generally needs supervision for protection.
homes try to maintain the appropriate staff ratio for the varying levels of
care, by not taking too many residents within any one particular care level.
It is important to inquire how many other residents the nursing home has
at the level of care that your loved one will require.
This will help you to identify if the nursing home has enough staff
to receive another resident. It is
also a good time to ask what the staff ratio is on the wing your loved one will
is a Medicaid Waiver program that serves adults with physical disabilities.
Persons eligible for assistance on this waiver are individuals who have
income of no more than 300% SSI;
have a physical disability; and are 21 to 64 years of age and meet the
requirements for intermediate level nursing home placement criteria.
Services provided include attendant care and environmental adaptations.
An individual choosing attendant care services must agree and be capable of recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, terminating, and approving payment by completing service logs and time sheets for an attendant. To find out more information contact the Division of Aging and Adult Services at 1-800-981-4457.
is Arkansas’ Medicaid home and community based waiver designed for persons
65 years of age or older. Persons
eligible for services are individuals who, due to physical, cognitive or
medical reasons require assistance that would have to be provided in a nursing
facility if these services were not used in the home.
Services available include: Homemaker, Chore, Home Delivered Meals, Personal Emergency Response System, Adult Day Care, Adult Day Health Care, Adult Foster Care and Respite. To apply for these services, contact your county Department of Human Services office.
This Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant provides funding for the “Cash and Counseling Demonstration Project” known in Arkansas as Independent Choices. The purpose of this grant is to allow individuals the opportunity to self direct their care needs at home. Participants may hire friends, relatives and neighbors to assist them with daily personal care services. Funds may also be used to purchase other services or items related to the general category of personal care. Because of its grant status, there are controls established regarding this program. To learn more about this program contact the Division of Aging and Adult Services at the toll free number 888-682-0044.
These facilities are licensed by the State and provide services 24 hours a day to individuals older than 17 who are not capable of living independently and may require assistance and supervision. Individuals interested in this residential level of care must be independently mobile, capable of responding to reminders and guidance from staff, and capable of self administration of medication. Your Regional Ombudsman located in Area Agencies on Aging throughout Arkansas can provide information regarding specific residential care facilities and the admission process.
Hospice care is available for all age groups,
including children, adults and the elderly during their final stages of life. The goal of hospice is to
provide comfort care for the patient and family, but not to cure the illness. Services available include
medical and support services, including nursing care, medical social services, doctor services,
counseling, homemaker services and other types of