Community Options Unit
This website area explains the CT Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE), including who is eligible for the program, what services are available, how to apply for services, and how to contact the program.
To be eligible, applicants must be 65 years of age or older, be a Connecticut resident, be at risk of nursing home placement and meet the program’s financial eligibility criteria. To be at risk of nursing home placement means that the applicant needs assistance with critical needs such as bathing, dressing, eating, taking medications, toileting. The CHCPE helps eligible clients continue living at home instead of going to a nursing home. Each applicant’s needs are reviewed to determine if the applicant may remain at home with the help of home care services. For more information on eligibility criteria, please see the link below.
Services may include:
Care Management Services
Adult Day Health Services
Home Delivered Meals
Assisted Living Services
*Personal Care Attendant Services - family members are NOT eligible to be paid for taking care of relatives with very rare exceptions.
*Chore Assistance - only available as part of a package of services to applicants who meet all other eligibility criteria.
Adult Family Living
Chronic Disease Self-Management
Protective Services for the Elderly (PSE)
Connecticut has a system in place to support the safety and well-being of elders who may be maltreated. This system includes the Protective Services for the Elderly Program, law enforcement, health and humans services, and the court system. This program is designed to safeguard people 60 years and older from physical, mental and emotional abuse, neglect and abandonment and/or financial abuse and exploitation. DSS social workers devise a plan of care aimed at assuring an elder's safety while preserving the person’s right of self-determination. Staff may help the person remain in the living situation he or she prefers, safeguard legal rights, prevent bodily injury or harm, determine service needs and then mobilize resources to provide necessary services.
The Social Work service plan may include crisis intervention, arranging for and coordinating any of the following services: adult day-care, companionship, counseling, homemaker, home health care, home-delivered meals, long-term care or, if necessary, emergency convalescent placement.
In extreme cases, DSS can seek court authorization to provide services to a person who appears to “lack the capacity” to give consent to reasonable and necessary services to assure personal safety. Under certain circumstances, the Department may apply to the Probate Court for the appointment of a Conservator whose role is to make decisions on behalf of an incompetent person.