DHHS gathers feedback on community based services for older adults

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Monitor staff

Published: 11-27-2023 5:34 PM

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is organizing a series of public forums next month to elicit feedback on community-based services catering to older adults and individuals with disabilities.

This initiative, funded through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services “Money Follows the Person” Demonstration Expansion award, will help to evaluate New Hampshire’s long-term services and support system, including the Choices for Independence waiver.

These public forums are being conducted by the department’s Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS), in collaboration with the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) and UNH Center on Aging and Community Living.

“New Hampshire has made investments in recent years geared toward enhancing our long-term supports and services,” said DHHS Commissioner Lori Weaver. “We look forward to working with individuals, caregivers, and stakeholders to ensure we are continuing to meet the needs of the people who use long-term services and supports, so they can live independently in their communities.”

Following these forums, employees will collect and analyze data to issue a final report in June 2024.

The report will present actionable recommendations designed to foster community integration, independence, and the establishment of a robust system of services and supports for the target demographic.

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The state provides three-home-based programs that include nursing, home-delivered meals, in-home care, homemaking, emergency services, etc for older adults to live independently and safe.

In-person listening sessions:

Berlin, Tuesday,December 5

1:30 - 3:00 p.m

Berlin Senior Center

610 Sullivan Street, Berlin

Concord, Thursday,December 14

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

GoodLife Programs & Activities

254 North State Street, Concord

 

Virtual, Wednesday,December 13

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Link to virtual session: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84586985396