What is SOURCE?

Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE) assists individuals who are elderly and/or functionally impaired to remain in their homes and/or communities. For eligible consumers, SOURCE offers community-based services as an alternative to nursing home placement. The Department of Community Health administers and operates the SOURCE.

Adult Day Health

- Daytime care and supervision in an adult day center
- Nursing and medical social services
- Planned therapeutic activities
- Physical, speech, and occupational therapy
- Meals, including prescribed diets

Alternative Living Services

- Alternative residence for persons unable to remain independent in their own homes
- Meals, personal care, and supervision

Emergency Response Services

- In-home electronic support system providing two-way communication between isolated persons and a medical control center
- Service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Home-Delivered Services

- Skilled nursing services
- Physical, speech and occupational therapy
- Medical social services and home health aide
- Personal care and assistance with meals

Personal Support Services

- Assistance with meal preparation, hygiene and nutrition
- Light housekeeping, necessary errands, and other support services
- In-home respite care provided by an aide

Out-of-Home Respite Care

- Out-of-home overnight respite care in an approved facility with 24-hour supervision

Home-Delivered Meals

- Prepared outside the home and delivered to the client

The eligibility criteria for SOURCE include the following:

  • Functional impairment caused by physical limitations. NOTE: Alzheimer’s and dementia are physical conditions.
  • Unmet need for care
  • Approval of an intermediate level of care (LOC) certification for nursing home placement
  • Approval of care plan by client’s physician
  • Medicaid eligible or potentially eligible after admission to SOURCE
  • Client chooses community-based, rather than institutional services
  • Services fall within the average annual cost of Medicaid reimbursed care provided in a nursing facility. Health and safety needs can be met by SOURCE.
  • Participation in one waiver program at a time
  • Medicare home health service or hospice (Medicare or Medicaid) does not meet consumer need for services
  • Home Delivered Meals is not the only service need
  • The home environment is free of illegal behavior and threats of bodily harm to other persons

A client is not required to be homebound to receive SOURCE services.

Step 1: The individual contacts the Area Agency on Aging for an assessment.

Step 2: If the individual is eligible for SOURCE, the care coordinator determines which services the applicant needs.

To be screened for the program, please call us at 1-800-283-0041.

The following information summarizes the financial eligibility criteria for the SOURCE.

  • SSI category: Persons who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and are eligible for medical assistance. The Social Security Administration takes applications for SSI.


Call us now at 1-800-283-0041