Homemaker Service Law and Legal Definition

Homemaker services provide assistance to persons who are unable to perform day to day household duties and have no one available to assist them. It includes services like light housekeeping, laundry, limited personal care, grocery shopping, meal preparation, and shopping. It is normally for persons 60 years of age or older who are frail, have disabilities, or who are at risk of institutional placement. Priority is given to persons who are in the greatest economic or social need and/or residing in rural or geographically isolated areas. This service makes it possible for older individuals to live in their own homes or to return to their homes by providing assistance in completing tasks they are unable to manage without assistance. However this program is not designed to replace assistance provided by family and friends. This service is generally provided by state departments of aging.

The following is an example of a Federal Statute defining Homemaker services:

Homemaker services means non-medical services provided by social services, in the absence of other resources, to assist an eligible Indian in maintaining self-sufficiency, and preventing placement into foster care or residential care. Examples of services included in homemaker services are: cleaning an individual's home, preparing meals for an individual, and maintaining or performing basic household functions.[25 CFR 20.100]