Seniors in Connecticut will soon have an easier time obtaining State-run services. Under the new plan, Connecticut will have a centralized cabinet-level office on aging created by the Governor. The new agency makes it easier for seniors to get information on long-term care and assisted living care.
Services will range from help with basic daily chores to around the clock medical care. The new program will provide alternatives for seniors who may have ordinarily gone to a nursing home. 68% of Connecticut’s Medicaid spending goes to institutionalized nursing home care.
Studies have shown well over 90% of seniors do not wish to be in a nursing home. Studies have also shown that providing community based elder care is cost effective as it is less expensive than nursing home care.