Times Staff Report
TERRE HAUTE -- Indiana recognizes the need to improve the quality and availability of long-term services and supports (LTSS) for its elderly population.
Demand for publicly funded services has grown, while resources have been stretched thin.
Meeting the needs of Indiana's growing population of older adults offers an opportunity to transform service delivery.
The Indiana 'Association of Area Agencies on Aging has developed a list of measures that they believe would indicate a quality system of long-term services and supports for Indiana residents.
This initiative is called "Moving Indiana Forward."
The key indicators are caregivers are supported; consumers of long-term services and supports have options for home and community based care that is as accessible as institutional care; and consumers are able to access the information they need to make good choices and insure quality in their chosen care setting.
Area 7 Agency on Aging and Disabled will be asking stakeholders -- anyone with an interest in and/or connection to long-term care services and supports -- to consider the measures at its Local Stakeholders meeting Thursday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m., at Mount Pleasant Church -- North Campus, 1075 N. Fruitridge Ave., Terre Haute.
All input shared during the session will be forwarded to the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging Vision Committee as its members move toward workable solutions for the long-term care of Indiana's elderly population.
For more information about "Moving Indiana Forward," or the local stakeholders' meeting, contact Gloria Wetnight at 812-238-1561 Ext. 240 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Patty Cannoy at 812-238-1561 Ext. 242 or e-mail email@example.com.