Elderly Support


Provides a community-based, cost-effective alternative to institutional nursing facility care for individuals who are eligible for level one nursing home care and are financially eligible. Funded by Bureau of TennCare. Services available in Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, Meigs, McMinn, Rhea, Sequatchie, and Polk counties and include:

  • Homemaker Services (HMKR) - services consisting of general household activities and chores and errands essential to the Enrollee's care provided by a trained homemaker.
  • Personal Care Services (PCS) - services provided to assist with activities of daily living, and related essential household tasks, and other activities that enable the Enrollee to remain in the home, as an alternative to Nursing Facility care.
  • Minor Home Modifications (MODS) - the provision and installation of certain home mobility aides (e.g., ramps, rails, non-skid surfacing, grab bars, and other devices and minor home modifications which facilitate mobility) and modifications to the home environment to enhance safety. All services shall be provided in accordance with applicable State or local building codes.
  • Respite Care (IR) - Services provided in-home, to individuals unable to care for themselves, furnished on a short-term basis because of the absence or need for relief of those persons normally providing the care.
  • Personal Care Assistance/Attendant - Intermittent provision of direct assistance with the activities such as toileting, bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, eating, meal preparation (excluding the cost of food), budget management, attending appointments, and interpersonal and social skill building to enable the enrollee to live in a community setting.

Family Care Giver Support

The program provides caregiver support services such as homemaker to adult family members, or other individuals who are informal providers of in-home and community care to older persons. Caregiver support services are also available to grandparents or older individuals who are relative caregivers for a child, age 18 and under. Services are authorized through referral from the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability. Funded by Title III – Part E under the Older Americans Act.

Homemaker Services

Provides normal household chores to elderly and disabled households in the service area. Any elderly or disabled household in Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Marion, Grundy, Meigs, McMinn, Rhea, and Polk counties that meet the income guidelines may apply for services. Funded by the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

OPTIONS for Home and Community Based Services

The program assists frail older adults and adults with disabilities to remain in their own homes, avoiding premature institutionalization. Supportive services may include homemaker services and personal care assistance. Funded in part by the Older Americans Act and the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability through the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging.

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