Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Technology Helps Developmentally Disabled Living Alone

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two-way video cameras, motion detectors and other smart-house sensors soon could take the place of human caregivers for many developmentally disabled Ohioans who need help living on their own.

Medicaid is to begin paying for remote-monitoring services on July 15.

State officials say the service, available to about 16,000 people who have a Medicaid Individual Options waiver, is cheaper and potentially less intrusive than hiring caregivers to assist those who live alone, with a roommate or in group homes.

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