Paying for Long Term Care

My ten year old autistic son can be a danger to himself and can't be left alone after school. If I pay my next-door neighbor for taking care of him between school and the time I get home from work, can I receive a tax savings or have it funded?

My son suffered a brain injury and his needs are significant but we are trying to keep him at home with his brothers and sisters. Will Medicaid pay for it?  I don't know where to start!

My daughter now requires a wheelchair - is there any way we can get help paying for a wheelchair ramp to be built at our home?

I don't think I have enough money to pay for assisted living, but I have too much income for Medicaid. What is available for people like me?

If my husband has to go into a nursing home will the government make me sell my house?

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An important part of planning for long term care is deciding how to pay for it.

There are variations in costs based on the type and amount of care you need, which provider you use, and where you live. Learning more about the "rules" for when Medicare, Medicaid, or other options might pay for long term care is important and may affect your decisions.

Payment options may include:

  • Personal savings or investments
  • Long-term care insurance *
  • Health insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • SSI/SSD
  • Veterans benefits

For more information, or to discuss your particular situation, contact Erie County NY Connects:

Telephone: (716) 858-8526 (local calls)
1-800-396-2705 (toll-free long distance)

nyconnects@erie.gov
contact us online

Erie County NY Connects
95 Franklin St., 13th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14202

* For more information about long term care insurance in Erie County contact the Insurance Resource Center at (716) 858-7883.

Understanding Long Term Care

Long-term care is needed when you have a long-term illness or disability that causes you to need help with everyday activities of daily living.

Read more about understanding long term care »

Planning for Long Term Care

Planning ahead allows you to have more control over your future and helps you understand what service options are available in your community.

Read more about planning for long term care »

Paying for Long Term Care

An important part of planning for long-term care is deciding how to pay for it. There are variations in costs based on the type and amount of care you need, which provider you use, and where you live.

Read more about paying for long term care »

Contact

Phone: (716) 858-8526
1-800-396-2705 (toll free long distance)

Online: nyconnects@erie.gov or fill out this form

NYConnects
Erie County Department of Senior Services
95 Franklin Street, 13th Floor
Buffalo, New York 14202