February 20, 2017
 
 
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 in CHOICES, you must:
•    Need the level of care provided in a nursing home
•    AND 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