SIKESTON - Some of the programs available for those wanting home care are not well known.
Felicia Baker, director of Missouri Delta Medical Center's Continu-Care, said one of these is a nationwide veterans' program which pays for personal care and homemaker chores in the home. MDMC's Continu-Care is a provider of the program.
"It's for any veteran that served at least one day in a time of war and served 90 days in the service," she explained.
Baker said a veteran can get 60 hours per month if his monthly income is less than $1,300; a surviving spouse of a veteran can get up to 40 hours per month as long as their monthly income is less than $800; and a veteran and spouse can get up to 70 hours per month if their income is less than $1,600 per month.
When determining eligibility for this program, income that goes toward medical supplies is deducted from their monthly income total, according to Baker.
"One of the biggest things with this is they can have $80,000 in liquid assets excluding their home and car and still qualify for the benefits," she said. "It's a pension that's paid directly to the patient but they have to use it for this program - they can't sign up and then not use the money for the program."
This is not a new program, according to Baker, "but nobody knows about it. They've got the money, its just not being utilized." Continu-Care has five people signed up on the veterans' program right now.
For more information on the program contact Baker.