Thinking and planning ahead in regard to care preferences for seniors will be beneficial to the entire family. Having these discussions early on will help ensure that the senior’s wishes are upheld if they get to the point where they are unable to communicate any longer. For seniors, Medicaid is a common option to provide long-term care and wellness services. TennCare is the state of Tennessee’s version of Medicaid. This program is offered to seniors over the age of 65, as well as others who meet specific eligibility requirements. Taking some time to get to know the specifics of coverage can help a person determine if this is right for their needs.
The TennCare Medicaid program is open to several different groups of people. For seniors who are over the age of 65, they have to meet certain care need requirements, as well as have assets and income that is lower than a certain level. The senior's home and vehicle will not be considered in this asset allocation.
The easiest way to apply for Medicaid in Memphis is to visit the www.healthcare.gov website or to call 1-800-318-2596. For those who have some type of intellectual disability, or represent this person, they can contact the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) at no charge by visiting the website or calling 1-800-535-9725.
If you need assistance in person, then you can visit one of the DHS offices in your area. You can also contact one of the private providers in the area. A full list of providers for Memphis can be found here.
When a senior is approved for TennCare Medicaid coverage, they will be able to access a number of covered services. These services include respite care, adult day care, pest control, assistive technology, personal emergency response system (PERS), home modifications, personal care attendant, and a homemaker. The personal care services may also have to be applied for by some by using a Medicaid waiver.
Nursing home and assisted living care is also covered with Medicaid coverage. If you plan to utilize Medicaid for a long-term care facility, it is important to make sure the location selected is Medicaid registered, or coverage will not be provided.
There are several providers in Memphis that provide non-emergency transportation services that are covered by Medicaid. Some of the options including BTW Transportation, Complete Patient Care Inc. and Caliber Patient Transport. There are several options in the local area and in order to utilize these services the person must make arrangements ahead of time and ensure they have all Medicaid information on-hand to ensure the service is covered.
Medicaid plays a huge role in many Memphis senior’s lives, which is why it is so important to make sure you fully understand the application process and requirements for coverage.
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