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What is PASSPORT?

When it comes to planning for the care of elderly relatives, you have a few different options. You likely will not be able to provide full time care, which means you will need to find help. You can put your relative in a nursing home or you may have the option of using PASSPORT.  The Ohio Department of Aging explains PASSPORT is a program designed to help elderly people stay in their own homes through providing professional health care services.

Your relative may qualify for PASSPORT, which is a Medicaid waiver program, if he or she is eligible for Medicaid. This requires coming in under income limits, which currently are having $2,000 or less in assets and making under $2,205 in income per month. In addition, he or she must be at least 60 years old and require nursing care but be approved by a doctor to live at home. Finally, the costs of providing care in the home cannot be more than 60 percent what the costs of nursing home care would be. It is important to note that your relative's assets may be taken to pay for expenses under the program.

To get your relative started with PASSPORT, he or she must first go through a telephone interview. Then, he or she is assigned a case worker who will plan the details of the home care and monitor care throughout the time your relative is part of the program. While this information should not be taken as legal advice, it can help you understand the process and what to expect.

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