The Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services (CARES) Program must assess or review each person who requests Medicaid payment for nursing facility services, or who wants to get home and community-based services through Medicaid waivers like the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care Program. It is the law.
A registered nurse and/or assessor does the assessments. A doctor or registered nurse reviews each application to decide the right level of care for the applicant. The assessment finds long-term care needs and suggests the right placement. CARES staff usually do the in-person visit in the person’s home setting. Assessments are done at no cost to persons requesting long-term care services.LTC Home Page