New York’s NHTD Medicaid Waiver Program

New York’s NHTD Medicaid Waiver Program: We Are Ready to Help Increase Your In-Home Care Hours

If you or a loved one are in need of home care services, you may be wondering what your options are. Home care services can be expensive, but programs are in place to help offset the costs. One such program is the NHTD Medicaid Waiver program in New York. This article will give you an overview of the NHTD Medicaid Waiver program and how All Heart Home Care Agency can help you take advantage of it.

What is the New York State NHTD Medicaid Waiver Program?

The NHTD Medicaid Waiver program is a program that provides services and support to eligible individuals of any age who meet the diagnostic and functional criteria for nursing home level of care, as determined by the Department of Health. This program offers a wide array of services that aim to help participants live as independently as possible within the community.

These services include but are not limited to: personal care services, homemaking/housekeeping services, respite care, specialized medical equipment and supplies, environmental accessibility adaptations, adult day health care, case management services, nutritional counseling, supported employment services, and more. To learn more about all of the services offered through this waiver program, click here.

Who is eligible for the NHTD Medicaid Waiver program?

To be eligible for coverage under the NHTD Medicaid Waiver program, you must be:

  • A New York State resident whose disability meets the institutional level of care criteria AND requires a nursing home level of care 
  • Be eligible for community-based Medicaid
  • An individual whose primary residence is not a hospital, nursing home, or other institution  
  • Able to live safely in the community with available waiver services   
  • Willing and able to receive waiver services in your own home or other community settings 

All Heart Homecare Agency is proud to be licensed by the New York State Department of Health to provide home care services under this waiver program. Our team of highly skilled and experienced professionals are dedicated to help our clients lead fulfilling lives within the comfort of their own homes. We work closely with each client and their families to develop a personalized care plan that meets all their unique needs and preferences.

What can you expect from this program with All Heart Homecare Agency?

When you partner with All Heart Homecare Agency for your in-home care needs, you can expect quality service every step of the way. We will work closely with you and your family to assist with finding the best option available that meets all of your unique needs and preferences, as well as support you during each step of the enrollment process. We understand that no two clients are alike, which is why we offer a wide range of home care services that can be customized to fit each individual’s specific needs. Our team is here to help you live your best life!


The NHTD Medicaid Waiver program is a great way to get funding for home care services if you or a loved one qualifies. All Heart Home Care Agency is licensed by the NYS Department of Health to participate in this waiver Program. We are the best home care agency that provides homecare services throughout all five boroughs of New York City (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island). We offer a wide range of services that can be tailored to meet your individual needs and preferences. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced caregivers are here to help you or your loved one live as independently as possible.

Contact us today at 718-618-6933 to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one take advantage of the NHTD Medicaid Waiver program.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Seasonal Flu: What Everyone Should Know

It’s difficult to realize that summer is over. Flu season may seem far away to many people who are enjoying the last warm days. In fact, the beginning of the upcoming flu season is closer than you think. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that each year’s flu season lasts from October to May. Getting vaccinated against the flu each year is the first and most crucial step in preventing the illness. When you receive the flu vaccination, you are not only defending yourself but also your community’s residents, particularly vulnerable youngsters.

What is the Flu and what happens if you get it?

The flu is not just a really bad cold:

  • It affects the lungs, nose, throat, and other parts of the body;
  • Can spread quickly from one person to another;
  • HIGHLY contagious;
  • Usually lasts about 2 weeks but can put you in the hospital.

Seasonal Flu Symptoms

  • Fever;
  • Headache;
  • Extreme fatigue;
  • Sore throat;
  • Runny or stuffy nose;
  • Dry cough;
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrea.

According to CDC: Compared to young, healthy individuals, people 65 and older are more likely to face major flu-related complications. The immune system alters with aging, which contributes to this increased risk. Even though flu seasons can vary in intensity, in the majority of cases, those 65 and older are more at risk for developing serious flu illness. For instance, it is estimated that between 50 and 70 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in previous years have involved adults 65 and older, and that between 70 and 85 percent of seasonal flu-related fatalities have occurred in this age group.

Older adults, especially those with congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes are at an increased risk of complications and death.

How does it spread?

Person-to-person spread

You can spread the flu even before you feel sick – as early as one day before you feel symptoms… and five days after you feel better.

What is a vaccine?

  • A vaccine contains DEAD particles of the flu virus strains that scientists believe are most likely going to be the most common this current flu season.
  • This means that it IS possible to get the flu even though you are vaccinated by the flu vaccine.
    • HOWEVER, it is protective against the majority of the strains that you might come into contact with flu season.

When should I get vaccinated?

  • The best time to get vaccinated is early fall to December, but you can still get a seasonal flu shot through March or beyond. 
  • The flu season peaks in February but it continues through until May. 
  • As a healthcare worker, you must get vaccinated before the New York Department of Health officially declares it “flu season” – this is typically around October 1st.

Do I need a seasonal flu shot every year?

  • You should get vaccinated every year if you want to reduce your risk of catching the flu or spreading it to others;
  • You should also get a yearly vaccine if you are at a high risk for serious complications from the flu or live or work with people who are high risk.

Who should NOT get vaccinated?

  • Those younger than 6 months;
  • Have a severe allergy to chicken eggs;
  • Have ever had a severe reaction to influenza vaccines;
  • Currently have a moderate or severe illness with fever.

Is vaccination safe?

  • YES, it is VERY SAFE;
  • A side effect is pain at the injection site;
  • You cannot get the flu by getting vaccinated.