Companion Services Program

Overview

The program provides assistance to incapacitated adults and adults over 60 who are within state income guidelines and are unable to care for themselves. Designed to assist adults in maintaining independence or allowing them to remain in their own home, services such as the following are provided:

  • Bathing and Toileting
  • Dressing
  • Eating and Feeding
  • Light Housekeeping and Meal Preparations
  • Shopping
  • Supervision

Services Provided by The Medical Team

The Department of Family Services contracts the in-home services out to The Medical Team, a local home health agency. They provide the aides / companions that will assist you. The Companion Program is not a nursing program. If you need nursing care please talk with your doctor.

  1. Program Eligibility
  2. Process to Receive Services

Companion Services Program Eligibility Requirements

(October 1, 2018 Through September 30, 2019)

  • Individuals whose gross income is no more than $2,097 a month
  • Families of two (husband and wife) whose gross income is $2,743 a month

Under certain circumstances a family or individual may be able to earn slightly more than these amounts. If you earn less than the above, companion services are available to you at no cost. If you earn over the above amount we would be happy to refer to you other private pay services.

How Income is Determined

We look at gross income, for example:

  • Social Security benefits
  • CDs
  • Interest on bank accounts
  • Retirement

We do not make allowances for monthly expenses such as rent or the cost of medicines. 

The number of hours that can be provided depend on what services you need.

It can vary from a few hours a week for housekeeping up to 25 hours per week for more intensive care.

Contact

To request more information, please contact the Department of Family Services at 703-777-0353.