Medicaid Home Help Program
APPROVED PERSONAL CARE TASKS
NOTE: Approved time for items 1 through 13 is for hands-on care only.
1. Eating/Feeding – helping with use of utensils, cup/glass, getting food/drink to mouth, cutting up/manipulating food on plate, cleaning face and hands, as needed after a meal.
2. Toileting – helping on/off toilet, commode/bed pan, emptying commode/bed pan, managing clothing, wiping and cleaning body after toileting, cleaning ostomy and/or catheter tubes/receptacles, applying diapers and disposable pads; may include doing catheter, ostomy or bowel programs.
3. Bathing – helping with cleaning the body or parts of the body, shampooing hair, using tub or shower, sponge bathing, including getting a basin of water, managing faucets, soaping, rinsing and drying.
4. Grooming – helping to maintain personal hygiene and neat appearance, including hair combing, brushing, oral hygiene, shaving, fingernail and toe nail care (unless a physician advises not to do so).
5. Dressing – helping with putting on/taking off, fastening/unfastening garments/undergarments, special devices such as back/leg braces, corsets, artificial limbs or splints.
6. Transferring – helping to move from one position to another, such as from a bed to a wheelchair or sofa, to come to a standing position and/or repositioning to prevent skin breakdown.
7. Mobility – helping with walking or moving around inside the living area, changing locations in a room, moving from room to room or climbing stairs.
8. Medication – helping with administering prescribed or over-the-counter medication.
9. Meal Preparation – helping with planning menus, washing, peeling, slicing, opening packages, cans and bags, mixing ingredients, lifting pots/pans, reheating food, cooking, operating stove/microwave, setting the table, serving the meal, washing/drying dishes and putting them away.
10. Shopping – helping to compile a list identifying needed items, picking up items at the store, managing cart/baskets, transferring items to home and storing them away.
11. Laundry – helping by getting laundry to machines, sorting, handling soap containers, placing laundry into machines, operating machine controls, handling wet laundry, drying, folding and storing laundry.
12. Light Housework – helping with sweeping, vacuuming, washing floors, washing kitchen counters and sinks, cleaning the bathroom, changing bed linen, taking out trash, dusting and picking up, bringing in fuel for heating/cooking purposes if necessary.
13. Complex Care tasks – require special techniques/knowledge; may replace most or all 1-9 tasks when approved by a specialist. Complex care tasks include bowel program, catheter or leg bags, colostomy care, eating or feeding assistance, peritoneal dialysis, range of motion exercises, specialized skin care, suctioning and wound care.
Caregivers travel time up to:
• 2 round-trips each week for shopping.
• 2 round-trips each week for laundry.