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Chore services

Page posted: 10/1/03

Page reviewed: 9/8/16

Page updated: 9/8/16

Legal authority

Federally approved BI, CAC, CADI, DD and EW waiver plans, Alternative Care (AC) program (Minn. Stat. §256B.0913)

Definitions

Chore services: Assistance provided to a person, or his or her primary caregiver, to help maintain a clean, sanitary and safe environment.

Primary caregiver(s): Person or people principally responsible for the care and supervision of the person who receives services.

Eligibility

AC and EW

Under the AC and EW programs, a person can receive chore services if one of the following are true:

  • • Neither the person nor anyone else in the household is capable of performing chore services
  • • Neither the person nor anyone else in the household is financially able to provide chore services
  • • Chore services allow the caregiver to provide other needed supports to the person.
  • BI, CAC, CADI and DD

    Under the BI, CAC, CADI and DD waivers, a person can receive chore services if either of the following are true:

  • • The person or primary caregiver is not capable of performing chore services
  • • Chore services allow the primary caregiver to provide other needed supports to the person.
  • In addition, the person must live in his or her own home or the primary caregiver’s home.

    Limitations

    A person cannot receive chore services if any of the following are true:

  • • He or she lives in a licensed setting
  • • He or she receives adult or child foster care, customized living, 24-hour customized living or residential care
  • • Chore services duplicate other Minnesota state plan or waiver services he or she already receives (e.g., homemaker)
  • Chore services are included in the person’s or caregiver’s lease agreement, and are the landlord’s responsibility.
  • Covered services

    Chore services cover:

  • • Dumpster rental or refuse disposal
  • Extermination and pest control
  • • General indoor and outdoor home maintenance (e.g., lawn care, snow removal)
  • Grocery delivery
  • • Heavy household chores (e.g., securing loose rugs, washing floors, windows and walls)
  • • Moving or removing large household items and heavy appliances in order to provide safe access to and exit from the home
  • • Packing the person’s belongings
  • • Rearranging or securing household items in order to prevent injuries or falls.
  • Non-covered services

    Chore services do not cover:

  • • Moving the person’s belongings to a new residence
  • • Services that are the landlord’s responsibility (e.g. snow removal, lawn care, pest control, etc.).
  • Secondary information

    Assessed needs

    Chore services must provide cost-effective, appropriate means of meeting the person’s assessed needs, as defined in his or her support plan.

    Covered services

    Extermination and pest control

    Extermination and pest control services are limited to a reasonable number of treatments required to alleviate the pest problem.

    Grocery delivery

    Grocery delivery is covered when the delivered products meet the majority of the person’s total grocery needs for at least seven days.

    Primary caregiver

    AC and EW

    Under the AC and EW programs, the primary caregiver does not need to live at same address as the person who receives services.

    BI, CAC, CADI and DD

    Under the BI, CAC, CADI and DD waivers, if the person has a primary caregiver, the primary caregiver must:

  • • Maintain his or her primary residence at the same address as the person who receives services
  • • Be the owner or lessee of the primary residence.
  • Provider standards and qualifications

    Chore services are approval-option: direct-delivery services. For more information, see CBSM – Waiver/AC service provider overview.

    Structural pest control applicators must meet the licensing requirements and standards in Minnesota Statute, chapter 18B.

    Authorization, rates and billing

    The lead agency authorizes chore services at the pre-determined, 15-minute rate. For more information, see Long-Term Services and Supports Service Rate Limits, DHS-3945 (PDF).

    Additional resources

    CBSM – Homemaker
    CBSM – Housing access coordination

    CBSM – Transitional services – BI, CAC, CADI and DD

    CBSM – Transitional services – EW

    CBSM – Waiver/AC service provider overview

    CBSM – Waiver programs overview

    CBSM – BI, CAC, CADI and DD waiver general process and procedures

    Minnesota Department of Agriculture – Pesticide applicator search

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