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We all want to stay home for as long as possible, even after a health care crisis or dementia diagnosis. The good news is that there are programs available to keep the ones you love at home without going broke in the process. However, navigating the process is overwhelming and sadly, many individuals end up in a nursing home before the process is complete.

At Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, we are always surprised how few people know about the Community Healthchoices (CHC) Waiver program (previously the Aging Waiver program or the PDA Waiver program). CHC Waiver is a program designed to keep individuals – age 60 and over – in their homes as an alternative to skilled nursing home care. These services include home health services (caregivers), specialized medical equipment, meals, personal emergency response systems, and even home modifications.

Working with a knowledgeable Certified Medicaid Planner™ is the first step when applying for in-home care. The application process is time consuming and requires advocacy to ensure your application is completed in a timely manner. A Certified Medicaid Planner™ can expedite the process and eliminate frustrations.

 At Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, there are two Certified Medicaid Planners™ on staff who have years of experience assisting clients with their in-home care options. Both Kristin Daugherty and Tammy Zilske are knowledgeable about the Medicaid regulations and can ensure your loved one gets approved for Medicaid benefits. The end goal is to keep your loved one safely at home for as long as possible. There are plenty of options still available even if you have been told that your loved one does not qualify for in-home care due to their income or assets. To qualify for benefits, certain steps must be taken.

The process for the CHC Waiver program is outlined in greater detail below. Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak can coordinate all the following steps and agencies involved, so you can focus on what matters most.

For more information on the CHC Waiver program or to schedule your FREE initial consultation, call us today at (800) 351-8334, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit PAElderCounsel.com. During this COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering video or phone consultations so you can receive the same quality legal services from the comfort and safety of your own home.

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