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What are homemaker services?

Services that help a person with general cleaning and household activities. HMK services are available to eligible individuals enrolled in a Minnesota Health Care Program. There are three types of homemaker services: 

  • Homemaker/cleaning 

  • Homemaker/home management 

  • Homemaker/assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs)


Who may receive homemaker services? 

An individual can receive homemaker services when either: 

  • The individual is unable to manage the general cleaning and household activities

  • The primary caregiver who is regularly responsible for these activities is unable to manage them or is temporarily absent 

What services are covered?

An individual can receive any of the three types of homemaker services. All homemaker providers may monitor an individual's well-being while in the home, including safety. 

Homemaker/Cleaning services include light housekeeping tasks. Homemaker/cleaning providers deliver home cleaning and laundry services. 


Homemaker/home management providers deliver home cleaning services and, while onsite, provide assistance with home management activities as needed. Home management activities may include assistance with:

  • Arranging for transportation 

  • Laundry 

  • Meal preparation

  • Shopping for food, clothing, and household supplies 

  • Simple household repairs 

Homemaker/assistance with ADLs providers deliver cleaning services and, while onsite, provide assistance with ADLs as needed. Assistance with ADLs includes assistance with the following: 

  • Ambulation

  • Bathing 

  • Dressing 

  • Eating 

  • Grooming 

  • Toileting

What services are not covered? 

An individual is ineligible to receive homemaker services if any of the following are true: 

Who is considered a primary caregiver?

Under the BI, CAC, CADI and DD waivers, the primary caregiver must both: 

  • Maintain his or her primary residence at the same address as the individual who receives services 

  • Be the owner or lessee of the primary residence 

Under Alternative Care and EW, the primary caregiver does not need to reside at the same address as the individual receiving services. 

Information retrieved from RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&dDocName=id_001906#caregiver on March 28, 2019.

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