Homemaker

What is Homemaker Service?

Homemaker Service is a program available to seniors aged 60 years and older who need assistance in order to remain in their own homes, thus maintaining their independence and dignity.  The services are designed to carry out and assist with selected household tasks and promote health and safety.

Homemaker services are provided by a trained and supervised homemaker that is contracted by the CSI Office on Aging to perform authorized tasks based on the older individuals need.  Some of the types of activities the homemaker can provide are:

  • Housekeeping
  • Meal Planning and preparation
  • Essential shopping
  • Limited personal care and bathing

How does Homemaker Service work?

The CSI Office on Aging has limited funds available to provide homemaker services within the eight counties of South-Central Idaho.  When a request for homemaker service is received by the Office on Aging, the individual/s is assessed to verify the level of need. If level of need is met, services will be authorized for the expenditure of funds for the amount of hours required to complete the authorized tasks.  This service is based on a sliding fee scale and total income less medical expenses are assessed. The provider agency is chosen by the consumer from a list of contracted agencies.


Types of Service Performed – Scope of Work

Tasks items that will be authorized are those tasks that are difficult for the consumer to perform or put the consumer at risk of injury which no other person, paid or unpaid, is providing the assistance.  The current rate per hour is $16.64.  These tasks may include but are not limited to:

·         Maintenance housekeeping – Light housekeeping inside the home of primary living areas

·         Making and changing beds

·         Laundry – in consumers home, complex, or Laundromat

·         Shopping – if grocery delivery is not available in area

·         Bathing and washing hair – stand-by assistance when lifting is not needed

·         Meal preparation – if home delivered meals are not available in area

·         Household management –helping maintain shopping list and needed items, meal planning, or notification to service provider of needed repairs

 

 Service Limitations

Homemakers shall not perform the following assistance:

  • Transportation – Homemakers shall not transport clients
  • Medical judgment – Homemakers shall not administer medications and make determinations regarding advanced directives
  • Financial judgment – Homemakers shall not make decisions regarding bill payments or account transactions
  • Chores outside the home – such as, yard care or outside window washing
  • Reimbursement will not include workers travel time or mileage to and from consumers home.

 

Homemaker Provider Requirements

  • Valid current Medicaid certification
  • Insurance coverage for employer’s Liability, Comprehensive Liability and Workers Compensation.
  • A Training program for workers consisting of a minimum of 10 hours per year per employee.
  • Appropriate background checks for all employees.
  • Documentation to assure provider is not discriminating on illegal grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, creed, age, marital status, veteran’s status or disability.
  • Documentation of current CPR and First Aid training for all workers.
  • Have a current policy for grievance resolution for clients as well as workers.
  • Maintain a drug free workplace.
  • Agree to conduct an annual Client Satisfaction Survey.