‘There’s a Lot of Unmet Need’: Addressing Long HCBS Waitlists

Home- and community-based services (HCBS) are a way to fill gaps in care for seniors with complex medical conditions, with Medicaid being the main source of coverage for long-term services and supports (LTSS). As of 2020, over 2.5 million individuals received HCBS services, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). Still, there are hundreds of […]

‘There Are Still Many Questions Unanswered’: Home Care Providers Seek Clarity on American Rescue Plan

As part of the recently passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, state Medicaid programs have seemingly received a major bump in funding for vital home- and community-based services (HCBS). In theory, the bump is designed to help HCBS operators expand their services, attract new workers and take on more clients. Still, some in-home care providers […]

LHC Group, FirstLight, Lifesprk Craft Strategies to Combat Senior Isolation

Most experts in the aging services field agree that senior isolation is a major problem in the United States. The solution is largely up for debate, but home care companies of all shapes and sizes have a business- and mission-driven mandate to combat the problem. Socially-isolated older adults are individuals who rarely leave their home or […]

Experts Brief Capitol Hill on Aging-in-Place Threats

With an ever-increasing population of seniors and an abundance of health and spending issues on the horizon, industry groups are addressing how lawmakers can help seniors who live at home. This week, Richard Johnson, senior fellow and director of the program on retirement policy from the Urban Institute, along with a panel of experts, briefed […]

How Communities Could Create Aging-in-Place Zones

Land-use regulations could mean the difference between aging in place and moving elsewhere for many older adults, and restructuring zoning codes might allow more seniors to remain in their homes, a group of researchers has suggested. Practitioners, policymakers and researchers convened in September for a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Urban Institute in conjunction with […]

High Housing Costs Cut Into Seniors’ Home Care Budgets

When older adults need home care services, the high cost of maintaining the house itself can get in the way, according to a recently released Urban Institute report.  Americans 65 and older are spending more on housing than their health care, the Urban Institute report revealed. The institute is a policy and research firm that […]