CHOICES

What is CHOICES?

CHOICES is TennCare’s program for long-term care services.  Long-term care includes help doing everyday activities that you may not be able to do as you grow older or if you have a physical disability.  These are activities like bathing, dressing and preparing meals.  Long-term care can be provided in a nursing home.  Long-term care can also be provided at home, in the community, or in residential places like Assisted Care Living Facilities.  Services to help a person stay at home or in the community are called Home and Community-Based Services.  The care you receive in CHOICES depends on your needs.

To be eligible for CHOICES, an individual must:

•    Be age twenty-one (21) years or older.
•    Need the level of care provided in a nursing home.
•    Qualify for Medicaid long-term care.

To receive home care services:

•    Your TennCare health plan (or MCO) must be able to safely meet your needs at home.
•    AND the cost of your home care can't be more than the cost of nursing home care.

What kind of home care does CHOICES cover?

•    Personal care visits
•    Attendant care
•    Homemaker services
•    Home-delivered meals
•    Personal emergency response system
•    Adult day care
•    In-home respite care
•    In-patient respite care
•    Assistive technology
•    Minor home modifications
•    Pest control
•    Community-based residential alternatives

For further information on how to apply for this program, you may call the following toll-free number: 1-866-836-6678