Home Attendant Program
New York Foundation for Senior Citizens Home Attendant Services (“NYFSCHAS”), a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization, established in 1981 and licensed by the New York State Department of Health, provides New Yorkers who are eligible for Medicaid, EISEP or Medicare/Medicaid with Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, housekeeping and nursing supervision services. To meet the growing needs of this group, the program has expanded to serve more than 1,200 home care clients annually.
Under the supervision of professional social work administrators, the agency provides services that include health-related personal care, housekeeping, shopping, cooking and medication monitoring as well as accompanying clients to medical appointments. Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses visit clients at home to assess their needs and supervise and train the home care workers.
Among the many benefits of those who choose the Foundation’s home care services are: recipients feel more “at home” with a staff that speaks their native language including English, Spanish, Chinese, Creole, Russian and Polish; replacement home attendants are normally available within two hours of receiving a call; phone calls from clients and home care workers are promptly answered by staff members Mondays through Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.; live answering and follow-up service during non-working hours ensures 24-hour coverage, seven days per week, including weekends and holidays. Replacement health care workers are normally available within two hours of receiving a call.
The Home Attendant Program also administers a Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (“CDPAP”) as an alternative to traditional home care for “consumers” who directly recruit, employ, train and supervise their own Personal Assistants. The Home Attendant Program’s role and responsibility is to place Consumers’ Personal Care Assistants on its electronic payroll system and produce their paycheck with funds received through its contract with the New York City Human Resources Administration.