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Some people, because of the after-effects of a health crisis, a critical or chronic illness, or injury, are evaluated and determined to be medically eligible for admission to a nursing home. Often that isn't the individual's wish but there doesn't seem to be any alternative to the nursing home.


After a period of time living in a nursing facility, a person with a disability wants to leave and re-locate with family or live independently in the community but cannot assemble the home care services, training programs, or the workers to make the home accessible, or simply can’t afford or coordinate the move.

Now there is help.

Through a Medicaid services waiver created by the New York State Department of Health, adults with disabilities and seniors now have the choice of living in the least restrictive environment of their choice with support from family, friends and health and human service professionals.

Access to the waiver is provided by service agencies like Catholic Charities Community Services. who are trained to provide assistance in assessing needs and providing or accessing the required services for the safety and health of the individual and the cost effectiveness of the program.

Catholic Charities Community Services provides this Waiver service to people over 18 years of age with any disability. The agency is uniquely qualified to provide this service to persons with disabilities as a result of its more than 35 years' experience working with people with various disabilities. Note: other local service agencies provide this service to seniors.

Specifically, Catholic Charities Community Services will help to support the nursing home transition and diversion process by –

  • Evaluating the level of services need to live safely outside of the
    nursing home environment
  • Providing or accessing the necessary level of support
  • Identifying what needs can be met by family and friends
  • Connecting individuals to needed services and supports in the community including, but not limited to benefits, medical care, housing, financial assistance, vocational counseling and education, and educational opportunities
  • Focusing on a person’s strengths, abilities and supports needed to live independently in the community
  • Working collaboratively with all supports to ensure effective, person-driven services of the highest quality