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Long Term Services - What Are My Options?

NWICA, in 2008, developed an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), a customer-friendly, single point of entry for information, access, and service for older adults and adults with disabilities, as well as their families.  The Aging and Disability Resource Center assists those people in securing information and in assisting clients in obtaining those needed service within their communities.

The ADRC is a professionally staffed office that assists seniors and persons with disabilities in navigating the systems and choices for care that is likely to be long-term.  NWICA’s Aging and Disability Resource Center supports older adults and persons with disabilities, as well as their families and caregivers, by providing useful information, assistance, linkage to services, and consumer-oriented education with the primary value of giving consumers options in long-term care.

The central activities of the ADRC are consumer education, options counseling, and planning for the future, with each activity intended to maximize each consumer’s opportunities to exercise choice and control over his/her long-term care decisions.

The ADRC is operated by Options Counselors, a group of staff who are:

Professional -- Options Counselors are competent and knowledgeable long-term care support experts.

Trusted --Options Counselors are objective and unbiased, providing support that allows consumers to make informed decisions.

Consumer-directed -- Options Counselors empower consumers and caregivers to make informed choices, maintain independence, control their lives, and remain in the community.

Culturally-Competent -- Options Counselors take into account the consumer’s culture, ethnicity, primary language, sexual orientation, and disability.

Flexible -- Options Counselors tailor the counseling to individual situations and to serve a range of needs, valuing creative problem solving.

Collaborative -- Options Counselors create partnerships with consumers and work with other programs, creating a circle of support for the individual.

After the initial partnership which brings services to an individual, Long-term Case Managers take up the tasks of providing support and long-term assistance, maintaining the same attributes as Options Counselors and adding value to the consumer through extended partnership.  Case Managers provide regular routine visits, negotiate and arrange in-home services,  monitor and promote consumer satisfaction, and remain a resource for as long as the consumers needs and wishes.


Do you have a loved one in a long term care facility?

Just one of the many options that may be discussed is the Money Follows the Person Program. Since 2005, MFP has been instrumental in helping more than 75,000 older adults and people with disabilities transition from institutional settings back to the community.

A large number of individuals are admitted to institutions each year but are able to return home after a short stay. However, there are also many who have assistance needs that require a complexity of care that results in institutional residency. The MFP program is funded through a grant from the federal agency, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The program is focused on assisting eligible persons to leave institutional care by providing services for individuals to live safely in their community.

Not only does the program increase the independence of older adults and people with disabilities, it has also helped states improve access to home and community-based services (HCBS). When people are provided with less-expensive HCBS instead of institutional services, both the state and the federal government save money. In fact, independent evaluations have proven that MFP improves the quality of life for individuals, and has reduced Medicaid and Medicare expenditures for participants by nearly a quarter. n4a and other national advocacy organizations are working to ensure that Congress understands the importance of continuing this valuable program that improves lives and saves money.


If you or a loved one are in need of information regarding long-term care options and planning, please contact us by calling 211 or 1-800-826-7871.