The goal of attendant services is to support persons with disabilities who need ongoing assistance. The program helps to maintain
independence by allowing persons to work, complete their education, and/or to avoid living in a highly supervised setting. The client
(or his/her surrogate) has control over the use of services. The services are provided based on the client's lifestyle, preferences,
Emergency Response System
An Emergency Response System is a device that allows a person at high risk (for example an older person who lives alone and has a
health problem) to get immediate help in the event of an emergency. The person who is using the system wears a button that he or she
can push if needed. The button connects electronically to the person's phone, which is programmed to send a signal to a response center
or other contact persons who can then carry out a series of actions to help the person in need.
The Home-Delivered Meals Program delivers nutritionally balanced, hot meals during the day to homebound persons. Some people also
receive cold, bagged meals so that they will have food available in the evening as well.
An in-home service provided to at-risk persons who are infirm, disabled, or chronically ill in order to maintain a stable living
environment. Services are provided by a trained housekeeper. Services include assistance with shopping, meal preparation, light
housekeeping, and laundry.
Personal care services are provided for persons who need help at home or outside the home because of illness or disability. The
services are designed to help a person maintain his or her household and continue living independently. Specific activities may include
assistance with personal hygiene (for example, bathing or shaving), meal preparation, shopping, light housekeeping, and other
Respite care is a program that provides relief to primary caregivers, such as family members, who give 24-hour-a-day care to someone in
need. Respite care can be regularly scheduled (for example, once a week) or can be given from time-to-time, as needed by the family.
Respite care is provided in various settings (such as in an individual's home or in a long-term care facility). The setting for a
respite care program depends on the program's funding source.