Community Alternatives Program (CAP)Polk County has an alternative to nursing home care that many are not utilizing. It is called Community Alternatives or CAP, and it is administered by St. Luke's Hospital.
Founded in 1988, CAP is a Medicaid-funded program. It provides services to individuals in their home who would otherwise require the level of care provided in a nursing facility. CAP can provide assistance to the disabled or elderly. A nurse/social worker team will assess the client's social and medical needs and develop a care plan to meet those needs. They will arrange CAP services, which include in-home aides to assist with personal care and activities of daily living. Registered nurses oversee case management to ensure that services are adequate and meet the client's health and safety needs.
Who is eligible for CAP?
Residents of Polk County
Individuals who are eligible for Medicaid and at risk for nursing home placement
Individuals who can be approved for skilled or intermediate care by a physician
Individuals who can be cared for safely in the home at less cost than facility placement
CAP services include:
In-home aides to assist with personal care
Incontinence supplies, nutritional supplements, home mobility devices (walkers, wheelchair, etc.), safety and medical equipment, telephone alerts and in-home or institutional respite care
Registered nurses who are case managers to ensure services are adequate and meet client health and safety needs
For more information or to see if you are eligible for CAP, call 828-894-0564.