Utah Aging Waiver (For Individuals Age 65 or Older)

Utah

~~"This Utah Medicaid Waiver for Individuals Age 65 or Older, also known as a Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, or the Aging Waiver, is designed to assist older individuals with elevated levels of care needs. It provides services that prolong independent living and prevent premature or unnecessary placement in nursing facilities. Compared to many state HCBS waivers, Utah's waiver offers a wide range of services beyond just personal care or companionship. For example, support is provided for medical equipment and any home modifications to increase independence. Support is offered for personal emergency response services, medication reminder systems, caregiver respite, and adult day care.

The Aging Waiver program allows for consumer direction of personal care services. Via this service model, participants can hire friends and relatives, with the exception of spouses and legal guardians, to provide personal assistance. This includes assistance with daily living activities, such as bathing, dressing, preparing meals, and light housecleaning. While waiver participants can hire, train, and manage their care provider, the financial aspects of being an employer are handled by a Fiscal Management Agency through this waiver program."
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State Policies & Initiatives: 
Medicaid & Employment
Systems: 
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics: 
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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