Homemaker Services

Homemaker Services may delay or prevent the need for care in an institution. This service makes it possible for older individuals to live in their own homes or to return to their homes by providing assistance in completing tasks they are unable to manage without assistance. This program is not designed to replace assistance provided by family and friends. Financial eligibility is based on income and resources. A cost share may be required.

Covered Services

A homemaker is assigned to provide basic household assistance, including:

  • assistance with personal hygiene,
  • essential shopping,
  • laundry,
  • light housekeeping,
  • light meal preparation.

Non-Covered Services

A homemaker is not assigned to provide the following:

  • washing outside windows,
  • moving large furniture,
  • shoveling snow,
  • caring for a garden or yard,
  • cleaning up before or after company,
  • washing walls,
  • caring for pets or house plants,
  • painting,
  • shampooing carpets,
  • skilled nursing services,
  • assisting with a bladder or bowel program,
  • providing transportation, unless there is an emergency,
  • other tasks not necessary to maintain a person in his or her home.

Hours of Service

An individual qualifying for services will receive services as approved in the individual care plan. These services are to be provided during normal working hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Service Providers

The Division of Adult Services and Aging does not directly provide homemaker services, but contracts with local homemaker/home health agencies.

Other Funding Source

In addition to Homemaker Services, the Division of Adult Services and Aging has another funding source with specific eligibility requirements which can assist in the cost of payment for similar services.