Long-Term Care Systems Change
Like other states, Louisiana has begun efforts to “rebalance” the state’s long-term care systems to provide greater access to non-institutional, home and community-based alternatives with a goal of assisting people to remain a part of their communities.
Long- term supports and services, or long-term care, consists of the following services:
- Institutionally-based services (e.g, nursing homes and intermediate care facilities)
- Services in alternative residential and community settings (e.g., assisted living)
- Personal supports and services provided to people in their homes
Population aging and the large amount of Medicaid dollars already going toward long-term care services encouraged both the federal government and states to rethink the way long-term care systems have traditionally worked.
Learn more about Louisiana's work to transition elements of the Louisiana Rehabilitation Services program from Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services to LDH and the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
Louisiana's Plan for Choice
Through leadership from the LDH Office of Aging and Adult Services, the state has put forth a comprehensive plan to reform how long-term care services are delivered. These services include:
- Support services for the elderly and people who acquire a disability in adulthood
- Support services for children and adults who have developmental disabilities
- Educational services
- Vocational services
- Workforce development
- Long-term care planning and insurance
- Decision-making / guardianship
- Quality management
- Information Technology