Long-Term Services and Supports
We are researching how helping provide care coordination, meals, and support at home can help seniors age more successfully and independently in place.
Long-term services and supports (LTSS) are a flexible series of health and health-related programs that help seniors across the country stay out of nursing homes and remain independent in their home or community as long as possible.
As the largest funder of LTSS, Medicaid provides services to seniors to assist them with the daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, toileting and eating. Nursing facility care and home- and community-based services like adult day care are also components of LTSS. Medicaid accounted for $134 billion of the $317 billion spent in the United States on LTSS in 2011, with approximately six million seniors needing these services. LTSS are not a covered benefit by Medicare, with many new funding and programs being studied.
We are researching new possibilities for seniors to receive these important caregiving, nutrition services and meals, home support and other non-medical services that can help seniors age successfully at a place of their choosing.