What is a waiver program?
Waiver programs, also known as waiver funded services, are programs for individuals that require long-term care but wish to remain in the comfort of their own home. The quality of care received through a waiver program is the same level as one would receive in a hospital or nursing home setting, but allows patients to live as independently as possible and delay or even prevent admission to a medical center.
Education regarding waiver programs is, unfortunately, lacking. Many people that are eligible for these options are unaware that they exist, and the result can be an emotional and financial strain on patients and their families.