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Home Care: Howard I. Abrams In-Home Care/Respite Care Program

In-Home Care

The Howard I. Abrams In-Home Care Program provides funding for weekly home care to patients who need this assistance but cannot afford to pay for all or part of it privately.

Professional caregivers provide personal care including bathing, dressing, and feeding. Services not available through this program include ventilator care, administration of medications, injections, or suction machine, and assistance with feeding tubes.

Respite Care

Respite care allows for a professional caregiver to stay with a patient if the primary caregiver needs to leave the home for a short period of time. The program allows for up to 24 hours of respite care at no cost within each 12-month period beginning February 1st. To qualify, a patient must need companionship,personal care, or assistance with skilled care such as peg tube feedings, medication administration, or use of respiratory equipment (BiPAP or trilogy). Ventilator care is not covered by this program.

For in-home or respite care, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must reside in their own home within the Chapter service area
  • Must have a diagnosis of ALS
  • Must allow for a minimum of two weeks' for the Chapter to coordinate care

Additionally, the following requirements apply to in-home care:

  • Must explore eligibility for the state-funded waiver program
  • If a veteran, must apply to the VA In-Home Care Program

What Happens If I Can Receive Other Coverage for In-Home Care?

Care through the Abrams Program will decrease or be discontinued when coverage is provided through hospice, veterans benefits, private insurance, or a state-funded waiver program.

How Do I Apply for the Howard I. Abrams In-Home Care/Respite Care Program?

You need to fill out a short application that can be obtained here. For more information or assistance in completing this application, contact Wendy Barnes, LSW, at wendy@alsphiladelphia.org or 610-797-2102.