What does Caregiver Homes do?
Caregiver Homes provides a unique, home- and community- based service model for elders and individuals with disabilities in need of personal care. These individuals may be at risk for falls, frequent ER visits and hospitalizations, or nursing facility placement but desire to remain in their own home or that of a family member or friend. Within this live-in caregiver model, Caregiver Homes provides the caregiver with the necessary training and assistance to ultimately keep care in the home. In addition the caregiver receives a twice-monthly non-taxable stipend for their commitment. This type of service is known in Indiana as Structured Family Caregiving.

In Indiana, Caregiver Homes care teams provide regular coaching and support for SFC caregivers.  Their Care Teams are comprised of RNs and Care Managers. Caregiver Homes utilizes specially designed communication technology to empower caregivers to provide effective, high-quality care at home while staying connected with medical professionals, as needed.

What is Structured Family Caregiving?
Structured Family Caregiving is a Medicaid Waiver service, which enables caregivers to make the full-time commitment of caring for elders and individuals with disabilities. A qualified caregiver is eligible for financial assistance in the form of a daily stipend and is supported by a care team including a RN and care manager. Caregivers enter daily notes into an electronic Care Management System, which helps ensures high-quality care from the care team.

In what type of situation is Structured Family Caregiving appropriate?
Below are two examples of a consumer/caregiver relationship.

  1. Father is struggling with Parkinson’s and has a history of falling down, and has become increasingly difficult for aging mother to provide care for her husband. His son quit his trucking job to move in with his parents and become the primary caregiver for his father.
  2. Grandmother is legally blind and extremely hard of hearing. She is already living with and being cared for by her granddaughter before finding Structured Family Caregiving. Now the granddaughter receives professional support and a stipend for caring for her grandmother which helps offset the cost of staying at home full-time.

How is Structured Family Caregiving funded in Indiana?
In Indiana, Structured Family Caregiving is paid for by Medicaid through the state’s Aged and Disabled Waiver, Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver and PACE programs.

Who is eligible to receive Structured Family Caregiving?
To qualify, an individual must be at least 18 years old and eligible for Medicaid, benefit from 24-hour care and supervision, and require help from a caregiver with three or more daily personal care needs (i.e. bathing, dressing, walking, transferring, eating, and toileting).