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New Homecare Choice Program: Service for Private Pay In-Home Help

Homecare - Choice Program

Homecare Choice Program is a new alternative option for care at home, and the consumer is in control.

The Oregon Home Care Commission recently launched its innovative Homecare Choice Program. The service is another option for home health care, providing connections for personal care, household tasks, companionship, pet care, transportation and medication assistance. At the time of this posting, over 400 statewide service providers are registered.

The consumer (the client, family member, POA, or conservator) goes through a list of online prompts to identify what services are needed and when, and are connected with prescreened  and qualified caregivers from the Commission’s Registry Services, who have access to over 25 free trainings through the Commission and have passed a background check. Furthermore, the Commission helps participants with the paperwork necessary to meet the legal responsibilities of being household employers, while the state pays for the workers’ compensation coverage. The Commission provides a fiscal intermediary to help the consumer learn how to complete employer tax forms, pay the caregiver, withhold and report payroll taxes, and issue W-2 statements. This is a private pay service for about $22.00 an hour for people at home who do not qualify for Medicaid.

Access www.HomecareChoiceOregon.com, call 1.844.494.4227 or email homecare.choice@state.or.us.