Vermont pays friends, relatives to care for elderly at home

11/2/2006 | Detroit Free Press

The state is experimenting with a program that allows seniors who are eligible for Medicaid to receive care in their home by a relative, friend or neighbor, whom the state would pay for their services. After one year, the Choices for Care program has reduced the number of people sent to nursing homes and cut the cost of taxpayer-funded care in Vermont, and the project is being closely watched as a possible model for long-term care around the nation.

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