Independent Care Waiver Program

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What Are Independent Care Waivered Services?

It is a cost efficient program that provides professional nursing care services and or supervision, and assistance with activities of daily living to individuals in their own home or in the community. These individuals are disabled (unable to perform at least two activities of daily living), but are medically stable. Also eligible individuals in hospitals or nursing homes are adequate candidates to be released back into the community with the Independent Waivered Services.

Who should apply?

A person 21-64 years of age who has severe physical disabilities and/or traumatic brain injury and requires a level of care that is typically provided in a hospital or nursing home. You can apply while residing in a facility or if you are at risk of being institutionalized if you do not obtain the appropriate care in your home or community. What is provided: Case Management, Companion Services, Counseling, Emergency Response System, Environmental Modifications, Homemaker Services, Occupational Therapy, Personal Care Services, Skilled Nursing, Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies.

What Independent Care Waivered Services Does Caring Hands United Provide?

Services available under this program include:

  • Homemakers
  • Personal Care Services
  • Skilled Nursing Visits
  • Companion Services

What Is The Cost Of This Private Home Care Services?

There is no cost to the patient covered by Medicare and / or Medicaid. Several health insurance plans cover private home care services also. Private pay patients can receive services as prescribed by their physician.

How to Apply & Obtain ICWP Services In The Home:

Contact the following two agencies but be sure to also send a letter in writing confirming that you applied even if they tell you not to do so.

Department of Medical Assistance
Independent Care Waiver Program
Georgia Department of Community Health
Division of Medical Assistance

2 Peachtree Street, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303-3159
(404) 657-5465


Georgia Health Partnership
P.O. Box 7000
McRae, GA 31055
(678) 527-3632
(678) 527-3633
(678) 527-3601

To Appeal a Denial of Your Application:

Department of Human Resources
Legal Services Office

2 Peachtree Street, N.W., 29th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3159

The physician is the key person to contact because a DMA 6 is required to receive this service. Also, you can contact your social worker while in the hospital or in a nursing home, which can arrange with AmericanHCMS for you to receive this program services when you leave the facility. In addition, The Department of Family and Children Services, a nursing home or senior citizen representative, or another community agency can contact another provider.