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
- Service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- 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
- 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.