A safety determination (sometimes called a “safety” for short) is a test that can be done with a PAE to give a better picture of the care you need. If you didn’t score a 9 on the PAE, and/or you need a higher level of care that you were approved for, you may be able to get help with a safety determination.

If the safety determination says you cannot be safe in your home, you may be able to get the care you need.

TennCare does not automatically do a safety. You have to ask for it. You should always ask for a safety. If you have a history of falls, had a big change in health, had a big change with your caregiver, or have been hospitalized, tell the person who did your PAE these things when you ask for a safety determination.