Brookfield-based Community Care Inc.’s board of directors approved on Tuesday the expansion of the nonprofit organization’s Family Care program into Fond du Lac, Manitowoc and Winnebago counties.
Community Care anticipates it will begin offering the program in those locales on Jan. 1 to adults with disabilities and seniors who need long-term supportive care services.
“For the past 37 years, we’ve made it our mission to help adults with disabilities and seniors live as independently as possible,” said Kenneth Munson, chief executive officer of Community Care. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to expand this mission into these three counties.”
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services notified Community Care in August that it intended to offer it a contract to provide Family Care in the three-county region. With the board’s approval Tuesday, Community Care will move forward with preparations to offer services beginning in January of 2015.
Family Care is a state program that provides long-term care assistance to older adults and adults with disabilities, allowing them to live as independently as possible. Services funded by Family Care include personal care and homemaking support, employment, home delivered meals, nursing care and therapy. Most participants in the Family Care program choose to live in their own home or in another community setting. Individuals must qualify for long-term care support and be Medicaid-eligible to participate in the program.
With the expansion, Community Care will offer Family Care in 14 Wisconsin counties, including the surrounding counties of Calumet, Outagamie, Sheboygan, Washington and Waupaca. The organization currently serves more than 10,000 residents and employs more than 1,100 people in its area of operation.