"Take Me Home" helps fund transition for long-term care residents

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The "Take Me Home" program seeks to identify residents of long-term care facilities who wish to return to their homes.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Long-term-care patients in West Virginia who wish to return home are getting help thanks to more than $5,000,000 being provided to the state by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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The "Take Me Home" program, which borrows the John Denver song "," seeks to identify qualifying residents of long-term care facilities who wish to return to their own homes and communities and provide them with the support and services they need to do so.

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced funding $5,860,706 from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to West Virginia’s .

“The Take Me Home transition program allows many West Virginians with long-term health care needs to decide for themselves where the best setting is to receive the services they need. For many, that is their own homes and communities," Capito said.

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"This grant will give West Virginia the needed support and flexibility to help improve the quality of health care and help drive down costs for West Virginia’s residents currently living in long-term care."

Capito is a ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.

The program is supported by West Virginia's Money Follows the Person grant through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

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