Experiences of Individuals Self-Directing Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services During COVID-19
This Disability and Health journal article describes a study which sought to investigate the experiences of individuals self-directing during COVID-19. In particular, researchers used semi-structured interviews to explore the following areas: 1) How have individuals maintained access to HCBS and workers?; 2) How have individuals maintained safety against COVID-19?; and 3) How have individuals maintained their health and well-being? Three main themes emerged related to maintaining access to HCBS and direct care workers: 1) Benefits of authority to hire and fire; 2) Benefits of ability to hire family members; 15and 3) Fluctuations in needs and availability of workers. Two themes emerged related to maintaining safety against COVID-19: 1) Strategies for staying safe with workers; and 2) Barriers in public health and service system response. Three themes emerged related to maintaining health and well-being: 1) Barriers to basic needs; 2) Delaying needed care; and 3) Use of telehealth and technology.