Specific Service Components of In-Home Service

Provided by Homecare Aides:


  • Teaching/performing of meal planning and preparation

  • Routine housekeeping skills/tasks (e.g., making and changing beds, dusting, washing dishes, vacuuming, cleaning and waxing floors, keeping the kitchen and bathroom clean and laundering the client's linens and clothing);

  • Shopping skills/tasks

  • Home maintenance

  • Performing/assisting with essential shopping/errands may include handling the client's money (proper accounting to the client of money handled and provision of receipts are required).

  • Assisting with self-administered medication, which shall be limited to: reminding the client to take his/her medications; reading instructions for utilization; uncapping medication containers; and providing the proper liquid and utensil with which to take medications.

  • Observing client's functioning and condition, reporting changes to the supervisor, as defined by the Plan of Care.

  • Performing/assisting with personal care tasks that are not medical in nature, such as:  shaving, hair shampooing, drying and combing, bathing and sponge bath, shower bath or tub bath, toileting, dressing, nail care, brushing and cleaning teeth or dentures and preparation of appropriate supplies, positioning/transferring client, and assisting client with exercise/range of motion, as defined by the Plan of Care.

  • Escort to or for the following: essential errands/shopping, essential client business with or on behalf of the client, as defined by the Plan of Care. Transportation may be provided by homecare aide or client is prohibited. Transportation may be arranged through public transportation.




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The Community Care Program is funded by the State of Illinois' General Revenue Funds as directed by the legislature and through a waiver of the Federal Medicaid program. Providers are responsible for knowing and following, the Illinois Administrative Code regulations. Homecare Aide service is defined in the Illinois Administrative Code as: “General non-medical support by supervised home aides who have received specialized training in the provision of homecare aide services".



The purpose of providing Homecare Aide service is to maintain, strengthen and safeguard the functioning of individuals in their own homes in accordance with the authorized Plan of Care. This means that Homecare Aide service helps older people maintain their quality of life by continuing to live in their own homes, by helping them with some of the tasks they can no longer complete on their own.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Age 60 or older

  • Determined physically in need of service - meaning at least moderately impaired

  • Resident of the State of Illinois

  • Meet the asset requirements, which will be explained to you when the care coordinator comes to your home

  • Apply for medical benefits