Money follows the person is a program designed to maximize consumer choice and independence and to increase the use of home and community based services in lieu of more costly institutional care. The target population for this program is individuals of any age residing in skilled nursing facilities.
The state of Texas has established an “options counseling” system for people who are not eligible for Medicaid or who are in a spend-down mode. This program is most appropriate for individuals who are using Medicare or their own resources to pay for nursing home care. Options counseling is available to nursing home residents to explore the possibility of returning to the community.
An individual’s stated goal to relocate back to the community is one of choice and no one is required nor forced into this decision. For those who want to relocate, the individual, the nursing facility, the local contact agency, and the home health agency must work collaboratively to make the choice viable.
In addition to providing information on affordable, accessible, and integrated housing options, Red River Aging and Disability Resource Center also furnishes information on providers that may offer accessibility/home modifications, emergency services, helpful rental and homeownership tips, home repair programs, housing search assistance, resources to assist Veterans, utility assistance, lead removal/weatherization, and other housing related resources.