Residents 18 and over who are homebound and meet the Medicaid or Medicaid eligibility requirement of doctor-assessed need for home health care can qualify for financial assistance in Missouri. Medicare may also cover partial or full home health care costs for seniors 65 and over, provided the care agency is Medicare-certified.

According to Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of home health care in Missouri is $4,767. Exact costs may vary depending on the home health care agency and services provided.

What Do Home Health Care Services Include?

Home health care services are provided at seniors’ homes to support aging in place and reduce the need for nursing home or assisted living care. Home health care can include many services based on each senior’s individual care needs. Medication management, blood sample collection for lab work, wound care and diabetes management are examples of home health care services. 

How to Apply For Home Health Care Financial Assistance

Seniors or their family caregivers can inquire about financial assistance for home health care through the Missouri Department of Senior and Disability Services (DSDS). This department provides eligibility information and application assistance via telephone and email. Seniors with questions about Medicare and home health care coverage can find information through, which has a telephone help line and online chat portal.