CARES Assessment of Long-Term Care Needs

The Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services (CARES) Program must assess or review each person who requests Medicaid payment for nursing facility services, or who wants to get home and community-based services through Medicaid waivers like the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care Program. It is the law.

A registered nurse and/or assessor does the assessments.  A doctor or registered nurse reviews each application to decide the right level of care for the applicant.  The assessment finds long-term care needs and suggests the right placement.  CARES staff usually do the in-person visit in the person’s home setting.  Assessments are done at no cost to persons requesting long-term care services.

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