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The AOWN Care Management Program

The AOWN Care Management Programs are designed to provide identification, coordination, and facilitation of community services to assist elderly to remain in their own homes. This program receives its certification from the Nebraska Health and Human Services, State Unit on Aging.

Care Managers are Registered Nurses or Certified Social Workers. They conduct a complete assessment of each individual to identify needs, develop and recommend a plan of care, help arrange for appropriate community resources, and provide regular follow-up to assure satisfaction and to identify changing needs. This program does not provide skilled nursing services.

The Care Management Unit, by State statute, must determine the individual’s ability to cost share in its provision. Each person’s monthly income is applied to a sliding fee scale to assess their share. But no individual will be denied service due to their inability to pay.

The program is available to all older residents in the Panhandle of Nebraska. Referrals are received from any source. If you would like further information on this program, contact the Care Management Supervisor at 308-635-0851 OR 1-800-682-5140.

MEDICAID WAIVER / SENIOR CARE OPTIONS

The Aging Office of Western Nebraska is committed to “helping older Nebraskans find the right care at the right time”. For individuals who are considering admission to a nursing home, community based services may be an option so that they may continue to stay at home. Medicaid allows for persons who are aged 65 and older and meet certain eligibility criteria to have the choice of entering the facility or receiving assistance in the home or another alternative to the nursing home. This assistance should not be confused with Medicare benefits.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Aged sixty five (65) or older.
  • Medicaid eligible.
  • Nursing Home level of care.
  • Cost of alternative care cannot exceed what Medicaid would pay for nursing facility care.

An AOWN Case Coordinator will work in conjunction with the Nebraska Health and Human Services in the eligibility determination. An assessment will be conducted to determine the appropriateness of this service arrangement, and the older person will have the final determination of care.

If you would like further information on this program, contact the Care Management Supervisor at 308-635-0851 OR 1-800-682-5140.