Aging and Adult Services

December 28, 2007
Louisiana’s effort to improve the quality of care for aging and elderly citizens took another step forward with the approval by the federal government of a plan to encourage closure of older, low-occupancy homes. This follows two other reforms for long-term care undertaken by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.
December 12, 2007
The time spent waiting to receive home and community-based services through the Elderly and Disabled Adult Waiver will soon be over for 1,500 seniors and adults with disabilities. That’s because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has recently given its approval to the state’s request to add an additional 1,500 Elderly and Disabled Adult Waiver slots, allowing for a total of 4,403 persons to now receive these services.
July 02, 2007
Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals recently learned the state will receive up to $30.9 million to increase home and community-based services for people with disabilities or who have long-term care needs. The Money Follows the Person grant is from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
December 20, 2006
Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco today announced the appointment of Hugh Eley as Assistant Secretary of the La. Department of Health and Hospitals Office of Aging and Adult Services.
December 06, 2006
In preparation for the upcoming statewide launch, is expanding each day with the addition of detailed listings of available rental properties. The site already lists detailed information on over 400 available rental units and is currently being utilized by 150 property providers to advertise their vacancies.
November 13, 2006
The John J. Hainkel Jr. Home and Rehabilitation Center will open its Adult Day Health Care Center on Nov. 15. The center, which is located at 612 Henry Clay Ave. in Uptown New Orleans, will host a Grand Opening health fair to celebrate the opening.
December 27, 2005
The Department of Health and Hospitals must implement cuts in its Medicaid program beginning Jan. 1 because federal aid legislation did not pass in time for the year's end.
July 22, 2005
Legislative efforts to reform the State’s long-term care system, making it easier and safer to receive care at home rather than in an institution, have been signed into law by Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco.
July 15, 2005
The swim advisories issued for the water at at Hackberry, Rutherford and Martin beaches, as well as three sections of Holly Beach in Cameron Parish on July 8, have been lifted. The advisories were issued because high levels of potentially unsafe bacteria were found in the water. However, water samples tested during the past seven days show the water is now acceptable for swimming.
March 07, 2005
Louisiana’s nursing homes could be improved with some “culture changes” that would bring about a greater sense of community and self-sufficiency for residents, according to a group of nursing home policy experts. These experts, known as the Pioneer Network, have consulted with stakeholders in Louisiana as the Governor’s Health Care Reform Panel develops its plan to reform long-term care.