HOME Choice is a transition program which helps eligible Ohioans move from a long-term care facility (nursing facility, hospital, or ICF-IID) into a home and community-based setting of their choice. Individuals participate in the HOME Choice program for up to 180 days before moving to the community and remain with the program for 30 days after transitioning to their own home.
Established in 2008 as a demonstration program with a goal of transitioning 2,000 Ohioans back to their communities, the program has become a national leader in helping people move back home. Since then, more than 14,000 individuals have enjoyed a new-found independence through HOME Choice. Continued funding for HOME Choice is provided by a Federal grant known as Money Follow the Person.
Who is eligible to participate?
To be eligible for HOME Choice an individual must:
- Be enrolled in Medicaid
- Have resided in a long-term care facility for at least 90 consecutive days
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Have income to sustain community living
- Participate in an assessment and have a need for the program
- Have care needs that can be adequately met in a community setting
How does the program assist individuals?
The following services assist individuals:
Transition Coordination is a service provided to help HOME Choice participants throughout the process of transitioning to the community. Coordinators assist participants in identifying challenges and locating the resources needed for a successful move from the facility to the community.
Community Transition Service pays for non-recurring start up living expenses for individuals transitioning from an institutional setting to a community setting. The limited funds are to be used for expenses necessary to establish a basic household.
How do I apply?
Click the arrow below for the HOME Choice online application. Tips for completing the application and a copy for downloading are available on the Application resource page.
To find out more call 1-888-221-1560 or email HOME_Choice@medicaid.ohio.gov