Aging In Place
IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct) Medicaid Waiver Program
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IRIS is a Medicaid-Waiver program that provides you access to healthcare and support services so that you can stay in your own home or a community setting of your choice. This will help you avoid having to move into a nursing home. IRIS also provides you a budget that you maintain so you can self-direct your choice of program services. Ultimately the services you choose will help you take care of your daily needs by providing the following example of services available:

  • IRIS Consultants: A program consultant will work with you to help manage your budget and decide which services you will need so that you can stay at home. This person will help you understand program requirements, complete necessary paperwork and to answer general questions about the program.
  • Homemaking: This includes services such as housework, laundry, shopping and running errands.
  • Personal Care: A service professional will help you with your daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and grooming.
  • Meals: This provides you with home-delivered meals and helps you with preparing meals at home.
  • Adult Day Programs: You can take part in social activities that occur outside of your home. Adult Day may also include health care services.
  • Adult Family Care: If you have a caretaker that you live with, they may get a cash benefit to help you with your daily living needs.
  • Respite Care: These are programs and services provided to your caregivers to give them a break.

How do I apply?

You should contact your closest Aging and Disability Resource Center. These offices will help you get the right information to begin the application process. You can also contact your local Medicaid office.

Frequently Asked Questions

See What Key Benefits Programs You May Qualify For

BenefitsCheckUp can help you assess whether you can get help from programs before you apply. Answer questions anonymously to find out if you may be eligible for key benefits programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicare Savings Programs, Medicaid, Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy (LIS) - Extra Help, among others. 

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