The Care Access Resource and Exchange (CARE) unit consists of Registered Nurses and Case Workers who assess individuals with functional limitations for home care assistance in various instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) and/or Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) tasks. IADL tasks include housework/cleaning, shopping, laundry, use transportation, prepare and cook meals, and handle personal business/finances; ADL tasks include bathing, personal hygiene, dressing, mobility, toileting and eating. When seeking consideration for home care assistance, initial outreach should be made to the Department of Aging and Long Term Care, NY Connects. NY Connects intake staff will provide options counseling and refer to the CARE Unit for assessments under select funding streams. During the home visit, the CARE Unit staff will explain the different programs available for community home care services and any potential cost affiliated with the service. When the consumer gives the approval to proceed, the CARE Unit staff member develops, with the consumer, an individualized plan of care to assist with seeking aide services in the home.
For Chemung County residents seeking skilled nursing home placement, a Patient Review Instrument (PRI) and Screen is required. CARE Unit Registered Nurses and PRI/Screen certified. When skilled nursing home placement is necessary, initial outreach should be made to the Department of Aging and Long Term Care, NY Connects. NY Connects intake staff will provide options counseling and refer to the CARE Unit for the PRI/Screen.