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Long Term Care Consultation helps low income seniors stay at home

Posted Oct 28 2008 9:48pm
As a real estate agent who works with seniors, I am often contacted by an adult child who wants their Door parent to move, but (surprise) the parent isn't quite ready. It may be 6 months to 1 year before the senior moves, and in the mean time services may be needed to keep the senior safe at home. Waiting for six months can be the difference in the senior feeling in control of their own life since they get to move at their own pace.
For lower-income seniors there are government and community resources available to help them stay in their home:
  • Elderly Waiver
  • Alternative Care Program
  • Home Care Services
  • Personal Care Assistance
  • Eligibility: age 65 and over, current medical assistance recipient, and qualifies for supportive services.
  • Includes: homemaker, home health aide, adult day services, respite care, service coordination, personal care, home delivered meals, lifeline, skilled nursing, special supplies and equipment, and help with housing options. Other services may be available.

Alternative Care Program (AC)

  • Eligibility: age 65 and over, eligible financially, and qualifies for supportive services.
  • May require a monthly premium.
  • Includes: homemaker, home health aide, adult day services, respite care, service coordination, personal care, home delivered meals, lifeline, skilled nursing, special supplies and equipment, and help with housing options. Other services may be available.

HomeCare Services

  • Eligibility: persons with disabilities and special health care needs who qualify for Medical Assistance; some recipients of MinnesotaCare may also qualify.
  • Includes: professional nursing services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and other services

Personal Care Assistance (PCA)

  • Eligibility: current medical assistance recipient, and qualifies for supportive services.
  • Includes: help with activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene.

To gain access to these programs, it is necessary to have a Long Term Care Consultation.

What is a Long Term Care Consultation?
A Long Term Care Consultation (LTCC) can help people make decisions about long-term care needs. This is a service provided by the County in which the senior lives, usually free of charge. This service helps people stay in their homes and receive help through government and community based services.

  • Long-term care consultants help people choose services and supports that meet the needs of the individual and their family. 
  • A Long Term Care Consultation incorporates the expertise of both social workers and public health nurses.
  • A face-to-face meeting may be required to set up services, but a phone call with one of our Long Term Care staff can help you learn about what is available.

What is included in a Long Term Care Consultation?
The LTCC assesses an individual’s health status and level of independence in key areas of daily living.  The LTCC can also include:

  • information about local long-term care options
  • information about public and private programs that can provide services
  • pre-admission screening prior to nursing home admission
  • transition assistance to relocate people currently in nursing facilities
  • assessment and support planning for people considering community-based services

For more information about a Long Term Care Consultation, here are the websites of the area counties in Minnesota:

Then, when you are ready to move, here's an article on affordable senior housing

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