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State Unit on Aging
"To promote the Dignity, Independence, and
                                    Freedom of Choice for Older Nebraskans"

Senior Care Options

Senior Care Options is Nebraska’s nursing facility preadmission screening program. When a Medicaid-eligible person age 65 or older is considering a move to a nursing home, or an older person living in a nursing home applies for Medicaid, a Senior Care Options counselor becomes involved. These counselors are available at each Area Agency on Aging.

The counselor gathers information on the older person’s care needs. This may include a visit with the older person, family members, other caregivers, and/or review of medical records.  Information on the person’s ability to do "activities of daily living" (for example, bathing, eating, transferring), risk factors, medical care, and mental condition are reviewed. The counselor then determines whether Medicaid will pay for the requested nursing facility care.

A person who qualifies for this care may instead choose to explore in-home service options available through the Aged and Disabled Medicaid Waiver. The goal of the program is to provide "the right care at the right time."

For more information about Senior Care Options, contact your local Area Agency on Aging.

For more information, contact:
Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Medicaid & Long-Term Care
State Unit on Aging
P. O. Box 95026
Lincoln NE  68509-5026

Phone: 1-800-942-7830 
            (402) 471-2307

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