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Home Care Services
127 Bloomingrove Drive, Troy, New York 12180

The Rensselaer County Department of Social Services offers several programs that are designed to assist individuals of all ages with their activities of daily living and to provide nursing, therapies and other health related services depending on the individual's medical needs. The programs/ services that are offered by this department are:

Medicaid Funded Home Care Programs Information

Personal Care Aide Program Long Term Home Health Care Program
Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Program view flyer Shared Aide Program
Aids Home Care Program Care at Home Program
Assisted Living Program Private Duty Nursing program
Personal Emergency Response System (lifeline/PERS)  

Call the Home Care Unit for a free assessment of your home care needs.

HOME CARE UNIT (518) 833-6181

To Qualify for Home Care services:
  1. You must be in receipt of Medicaid or eligible for the Medicaid spousal impoverishment provision. For information on Medicaid contact RCDSS Medicaid unit at (518) 270-3928
  2. You must have a medical need for the service certified by your physician
  3. You must be residing in Rensselaer County.

The two primary programs in this unit are the Personal Care Aide Program and the Long Term Home Health Care Program. The Personal Care Aide Program is administered directly by the County's Home Care Department. The Long Term Home Health Care Program is administered jointly with the county and either the Eddy Visiting Nurse Association or the Visiting Nurse Association of Albany/Rensselaer.

The Personal Care Aide program provides an aide from a variety of contract agencies to assist an individual with their activities of daily living, which includes:

bathing, toileting feeding
dressing walking transferring
grooming light housekeeping laundry
grocery shopping    

The Long Term Home Health care Program (LTHHCP) offers individuals assessed as requiring nursing home care an alternative to institutionalization. This program provides a coordinated plan of care and services at home to invalid or disabled persons. A LTHHCP is required to provide nursing, medical social services, home health aide service, medical supplies and equipment and other therapeutic and related services, which have been assessed as being medically necessary.

To initiate the process to be assessed for Home Care services:
  1. A referral needs to be called into the RCDSS Home CARE unit at 833-6181
  2. At this time we will ask for all personal data, medical condition/needs, physician's name, address and phone, emergency contacts, other services you might be receiving and what areas you require assistance.

Once the physician approves this referral, a joint home visit will be conducted by a Home Care Caseworker and a Nurse from a Certified Home Health Agency. At this assessing visit, the parties will determine the scope of the individual 's needs and set up services accordingly.

For more information on HOME CARE and all of the programs available to Rensselaer County residents, please contact: (518) 833-6181

Related links:
New York State Partnership for Long-Term Care

Home Care Association of New York State, Inc.