The state of California has a number of programs in place that help the elderly and those with disabilities who also have low incomes. Medi-Cal is available to provide in-home assistance for those making less than $15,000 per year. What the state lacks are programs to help middle-income residents who may need help.
The city of San Francisco has developed a program to help defray the cost of hiring a home aide to help with tasks like cooking meals, doing the laundry and running errands. The program is designed for the elderly, but younger people with disabilities may also be eligible.
The program is available to those over 65 and those who are disabled who make less than $80,700 per year but more than $15,000 per year. Aid recipients can have no more thatn $40,000 in assets. This amount does not include the value of one’s home or an automobile.
If a person meets the qualifications, the city of San Francisco will provide aid between $300 and $1,300 per month based on an applicant’s income. The applicant is also required to make a co-payment to offset the cost of hiring a home aide. This co-pay amount varies based on the applicant’s income.
Thus far, the program has not been as successful as the originators believed it would be. Only 60 people are now enrolled in the program, and there are another 60 applications pending. It was believed that nearly 300 people would be enrolled by now.
In order to increase the number of applications for the aid program, the city will be advertising heavily. The city believes there will be many applicants once people know that they have help available to them.