Resources for finding help at home

In Home Assistance Resources

There are various ways to get home help. Some are temporary in nature. Some help can come from your insurance. Others you privately pay for. Additional help originates from government programs that can be applied for.

Support Resources Having others help to deal with stroke can offer relief, a reassuring voice, and provide good advice. One such support is SSEEO, Stroke Survivors Empowering Each Other. Various means of getting information are available through them: Press HERE  for a sample of their podcast outreach.

More Stroke Resources, including more on SSEEO can be found on the Stroke OT Health Section under the Health National and International Resources.

Temporary Help: If there is a change in your condition, you may qualify for temporary help in the home from a home care nursing agency. Personal care hours may be offered, but usually this is only as long as you show you need medical help with changes. Home Health Aide services are for hands on care, minimally for housekeeping help.  Usually, this help will gradually taper from several hours a few times a week to no hours.

Paid Services: There are many agencies that offer personal assistance. These range from home health aide hours providing hands-on help with bathing, dressing, exercise etc. to homemakers who can make meals, do shopping, do light housekeeping type tasks.

There are also companions who can accompany you to the doctor or store. Some agencies provide overnight or live-in assistance. Help that live-in are entitled to uninterrupted sleep hours daily, or additional fees for help can be billed. Private individuals skilled in-home care may be found in established agencies, with background checks verified.

Government assistance programs: While the nature of temporary help from home care agencies is limited, it is recognized that many individuals need ongoing help to continue living safely at home.

Connecticut has 5 Agencies on Aging which can assist with considering these options.

Also in Agencies on Aging :

Connecticut Community Care

43 Enterprise Dr, Bristol, CT 06010 ยท (860) 589-6226

One program offered is Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders. Based on how much help is needed and financial limitations, this can range from Category 1 and 2 offering some help with some fees for services to Category 3 with more help covered by full Medicaid/Husky and waiver services not part of the usual Husky benefit.

A broad perspective of this and other programs that cover a variety of circumstances can be found at MyPlaceCT