Choices for Care provides limited funding for homemaker, adult day, case management, and ‘flexible fund’ services to people in the “Moderate Needs Group”. People in this group do not meet nursing home level of care criteria. The intent is to prevent or delay the need for more costly long-term services and supports by providing these services. People do not need to be Medicaid eligible, however, funding is limited.
Family caregivers are critical to the success of seniors and people with disabilities living in the community. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that in 2012 30,000 Vermont caregivers provided 34 million hours of unpaid care to people with dementia.
The Adult Services Division is responsible for the certification of Case Management Services providers and Adult Day Centers.
Adult Day Services offer community-based non-residential supports to assist adults with physical and/or cognitive impairments to remain as active in their communities as possible. Adult day centers provide a safe, supportive environment where people can come during the day and receive a range of professional health, social and therapeutic services, as well as a nutritious meal and valuable social interaction. Adult day services also provide respite, support and education to family members and caregivers.