Alternative Care Program helps seniors access programs

If you are 65 and older and examining your options in long-term care, the Alternative Care (AC) may be able to help you pay for some services. You must meet certain income and asset requirements, and you must choose to receive community services instead of moving to a nursing home.

The program covers two basic types of services, including:

  • • Trained caregivers, including respite care
  • • Other services, such as home-delivered meals, adult day care, chore services and more.
  • If you're interested in learning more about the program, please call the Senior LinkAge Line® at (800) 333-2433. It's a free call, and a free service.

    To apply for the Alternative Care program, please call a Long-Term Care Consultation Intake worker in the county where you live. If you are looking for assistance with other services or more information about counties, contact your local county social service office or public health office.

    For facts about the AC program, including the number of Minnesotans served, the total dollars spent, state statutes that apply and more please see this Alternative Care Fact Sheet.

    Bulletins related to Alternative Care services can be found among DHS bulletins, which are organized by year. Aging Initiative bulletins are #25 on the list of bulletins.

    To view the brochure regarding the Alternative Care and Elderly Waiver Programs please see "Seniors can get help paying for services to stay in their homes".

    A copy of the covered services and provider standards are found in the MHCP Provider Manual.

    For more information, call the Minnesota Department of Human Services Aging & Adult Services Unit at (651) 431-2600. For TTY communication, contact us through the Minnesota Relay Service at (800) 627-3529 (TTY) or (877) 627-3848 (speech-to-speech relay service). This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling either of these numbers.

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