Community Spotlight: Out of nursing homes and in to the community

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IMPACT’s Nursing Home Transition Program provides transition assistance to persons with disabilities that are above the age of 18 and reside in a nursing facility to locate and secure affordable, accessible housing in the community. The goal of the program is to provide community-based services for the person so they can lead an independent life in the community.

•Assistance in locating and securing affordable and accessible housing

•Assistance with security deposits and first months rent

•Home furnishings

•Any assistive equipment or adaptive technology

•Independent living skills

•Advocacy and peer support

•Case management

To qualify for the Illinois Nursing Home Transition Program an individual must:

•Reside in a nursing facility in Illinois

•Live in Illinois

•Is a U.S. citizen or legal alien status

•Is between the ages of 18 and 59 (exceptions for the BI and AIDS waiver programs)

•Has a severe disability that last for 12 months or the duration of life

•Needs long term care as established by the Determination of Need (DON)

•Has resided in a qualified institution for a minimum of three months

•Has physician’s approval of a plan of care

•Has no more than $17,500 in non-exempt assets

•Has received Medicaid benefits for a minimum of one day

•Does not require in-home services that are expected to cost more than institutional care

•Is open to recommendations of staff regarding referrals for other services and demonstrates a willingness to follow through

•Is able to follow all action steps to complete reintegration

•Is able to demonstrate initiative in meeting goals

•SSI/SSDI Income

If you know of someone who would like to move out of a nursing home and in to the community who resides in the counties of Madison, Macoupin, Jersey, Bond, Calhoun and Greene, contact Jenna Ferguson at 618-462-1411 ext. 308.

Cathy Contarino, Executive Director of IMPACT CIL., can be reached at 618-474-5314 or contarino@impactcil.org

via The Edwardsville Intelligencer

September 22, 2021 at 05:25PM

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