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What is the HIV Home Care Program?

The HIV Home Care Program is designed to enable eligible individuals living with HIV/AIDS to remain in the community, or return to the community, as an alternative to extended hospital stays or institutionalization in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility.

The HIV Home Care Program utilizes Ryan White Part B funds to provide skilled health services in the home of an HIV-infected individual, based on a written care plan prepared by a case management team including health care professionals.  A comprehensive range of physician certified home health care services are provided to eligible individuals in the home through a statewide network of licensed/certified home health agencies.  Several HIV Home Care Program service providers are located at New Jersey Medicaid AIDS Community Care Alternative Program (ACCAP) sites throughout the state. Referrals into the HIV Home Care Program can be made by hospitals, community agencies, as well as individual clients, family members and friends.

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What are the criteria for enrollment into the HIV Home Care Program?

An individual must have a medical diagnosis of HIV/AIDS and have a need for in-home skilled nursing care for physician certified medical and/or chronic dependencies.  Skilled nursing care is the direct provision of nursing services by a registered nurse and/or registered nurse supervision of licensed practical nurses or home health aides/personal care attendants in the home. Medical dependencies include the need for IV therapy, oxygen therapy, medication adherence, monitoring of medical status and vital signs, wound care, and/or medical day care.  Chronic dependencies include 2 or more compromised activities of daily living (ADLs) including  bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting and transferring and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) including meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, grocery shopping.  An individual must meet income eligibility criteria, have limited or no insurance, and be a resident of New Jersey for at least 30 days. There is no waiting period for clients who meet the eligibility criteria.

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What services does the HIV Home Care Program provide?

Comprehensive home health care services including skilled nursing services and home health aide/personal care attendant services are provided in the home through a case management system.  Clients receiving skilled nursing care may also be eligible to receive other professional services including respiratory therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, behavioral health services, nutritional counseling, durable medical equipment, diagnostic testing and nutritional supplements. Medical day care is provided in Passaic County.

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How long will the HIV Home Care Program provide services?

It is expected that individuals enrolled in the HIV Home Care Program will be linked, as soon as possible, whenever possible to Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability, Medicaid and/or Medicaid Waiver Programs including AIDS Community Care Alternative Program or Global Options, Medicare, private insurance, or other third party sources. The HIV Home Care Program services can begin immediately to fill the gap until these linkages are established or provide coordination of services as needed. Case managers will assist individuals in the application process.  Individuals no longer meeting eligibility requirements are transitioned from the program.

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How do persons living with HIV/AIDS, health care providers, or other interested parties obtain information concerning enrollment in the HIV Home Care Program?

Refer to the "Statewide Provider Network" list on the following page and contact the appropriate agency. The agency contact person will provide an application and a program brochure, upon request.

Home Health Program Forms

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