Low-income seniors who have significant care needs may qualify for assisted living financial assistance in Delaware. In conjunction with the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities, the state Medicaid program provides assistance via the Diamond State Health Plan-Plus initiative. This is a managed care program in place of Medicaid home- and community-based waivers. 

Overview of Diamond State Health Plan-Plus

The goal of the Diamond State Health Plan-Plus program is to increase access to affordable care, enhance senior’s options and control state spending. As a nursing home diversion program, it aims to enable older individuals to live in the least restrictive setting as possible. Although the program may cover the costs of a wide range of services, including personal care, rehabilitation therapies and assistance with day-to-day activities, it doesn’t include room and meal costs; seniors must fund these costs themselves.

Qualification Criteria for Diamond State Health Plan-Plus

Applicants must meet financial, personal and medical criteria to be able to get monetary help for assisted living in Delaware. The income limit is $2,285 per month and the asset cap is $2,000 for a single person. Countable assets include stocks, bonds, shares, savings and some properties.

Applicants must also be 65 or older or disabled, need nursing home level of care, be able to safely receive care in an assisted living facility, meet citizenship criteria and reside in Delaware on a permanent full-time basis.