Do you live in your own home? Do you need help with everyday tasks such as bathing, dressing, shopping or cooking? Do you need someone to help you with chores or taking care of your home? Do you need help eating or do you need meals delivered to you?
DADS can offer help with the following types of personal care:
Sometimes all you need is a little help so you can stay in your own home. DADS can find someone to help you with your everyday tasks — bathing, dressing, shopping, cooking and others. We call this attendant services.
You will feel better if your house and clothes are clean and you have food to eat. If you are physically limited, DADS can find someone to help you with chores in your home such as dusting, vacuuming or bed making.
DADS offers several programs that can help make sure you get healthy meals.
- Group meals — Group meals are often available at local community or senior centers.
- Help eating — If you have certain physical limitations, DADS can find someone to help you eat.
- Help preparing meals—DADS can get someone to come to your home and cook for you. This service is often part of a program that provides help with other chores.
- Meals delivered to your home — Volunteers bring noontime meals to people in their homes. This is usually during the work week. In some places it is called Meals-on-Wheels.
Where to call to receive DADS services and supports
To learn more
Fact sheets about DADS programs that can help with personal care services:
- Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
- Community Attendant Services (CAS)
- Community Based Alternatives (CBA)
- Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS)
- Consumer-Managed Personal Attendant Services (CMPAS)
- Day Activity and Health Services (DAHS)
- Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD)
- Emergency Response Services (ERS)
- Family Care (FC)
- Home and Community–based Services (HCS)
- Home-delivered Meals (HDM)
- In-Home and Family Support Program (IHFSP)
- Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP)
- Primary Home Care (PHC)
- Special Services to Persons with Disabilities (SSPD)
- Special Services to Persons with Disabilities 24-hour Shared Attendant (SSPD-SAC)
- Texas Home Living (TxHmL)
- 211 Texas can provide information about local, state or federal services.
- Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) — The ADRCs provide information about and help with state and federal benefits. They can also help you learn about local programs and services. Anyone — individuals, family members, friends or professionals — can receive information tailored to their needs.
- Consumer Directed Services — If you want more control over who works for you in your own home, you can choose either Consumer Directed Services (CDS) or the Service Responsibility Option (SRO). You can only use CDS or SRO in some DADS programs.
- Medicaid Estate Recovery Program — The state may file a claim against the estate of a deceased Medicaid recipient, age 55 and older, who applied for certain long-term care services on or after March 1, 2005. Claims include the cost of services, hospital care and prescription drugs supported by Medicaid under certain programs.
- Searchable list of home health agencies website allows you to search for home health care by city, county, area code or ZIP code.
- Yourtexasbenefits.com — This website offers you easy and secure online access to Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) benefits including Medicaid, SNAP food benefits, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and nursing home care and other services for people who are elderly or have disabilities.
Updated: July 17, 2013