Disability in Nebraska

In Nebraska, qualifying for disability means meeting many of the requirements found in other states, including having a permanent disability, no longer being able to perform basic job duties, and making less than a specific amount of money each month.  However, disability in Nebraska may include much more than just a paycheck every month.  There are a variety of other services you may quality for.

Programs

Each of the various disability programs in Nebraska has its own qualifications, so while you may qualify for one, you may not meet any of the requirements for another.  These programs are designed to help meet either your or your family’s needs.  Some, such as the aged and disabled Medicaid waiver, are aimed at the elderly who can no longer work.  Another, the Disabled Children’s Program, helps pay for non-medical costs that families with disabled children often face, such as travel to medical facilities, home medical training, and equipment like vehicles with wheel chair lifts.

Benefits of Programs

Each program has its own set of benefits for individuals who are eligible.  Once you qualify, you’ll be paired with a services coordinator who will determine which service or services you need.  The following is a list of some of the services provided by the various Nebraska programs:

Chore Services – these programs can help disabled individuals with general housekeeping chores, running errands, preparing meals, doing laundry, and some small home repairs.

Personal Assistance – these programs will provide personal assistance with tasks such as eating, bathing, and getting dressed.  These services are aimed at allowing disabled individuals to maintain their independent lifestyle while providing as much assistance as necessary.

Transportation – for individuals who are unable to drive, transportation services are available to take people to doctor’s appointments, to the grocery store, or to do other necessary tasks.

Home Delivered Meals – for those unable to cook, meals may be delivered right to your door.

Assisted Living Services – for individuals who are no longer able to live on their own, some disability programs will provide funds for assisted living housing.

Home Health – these programs help individuals who need trained nurses or personal aides to help them live a safe, healthy life at home.

Caregiver Respite – occasionally, an individual’s full-time caregiver is unable to provide care for several days or weeks.  Caregiver Respite Services provides a temporary caregiver to fill in during these times.

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