Seniors who are homebound and require medical care plus help with the activities of daily living and who are on a low income qualify for help with the cost of home care in Alaska. There are many programs available to help Alaska seniors who are unable to travel for medical care. These programs help seniors who require a nursing home level of care remain in their own homes for as long as possible, retaining their independence while still getting the care they need.

Home health care agencies in Alaska charge an average of $30 per hour, making them around 10% more costly than the national average. Lower income seniors may find it difficult to cover the cost of frequent visits from home health care service providers. DenaliCare is the Alaskan version of Medicaid, and augments Medicaid for those who are on a low income and require extra support. DenaliCare waivers can cover a variety of in-home care services as well as home modifications and assistive devices.

Medicaid Waivers Cover Several Treatments and Therapies

Home health care services cover a variety of treatments, including diabetes management, wound care and medication reminders as well as physical, speech and occupational therapy. Other services available via Medicaid waivers include access to adult day care service providers, transportation services, respite care for unpaid caregivers and meal deliveries for those who cannot shop or cook for themselves.

Additional Help is Available for Veterans

The Veterans Administration runs several programs to help veterans access home health care services and other forms of care. Many of these programs are self-directed, giving veterans the option to choose their own care providers and tailor their care plans to suit their requirements. Alaska veterans who would like to learn more about the VA programs that they may be eligible for can contact their local VA Office for advice.