FACT CARD 4:HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES
Home and community-based services are a vital linkin the spectrum of care.
As a part of the overall spectrum of care, HCBS provides valueby giving individuals choices to access the right care, at the rightplace, at the right time.
Minnesota has led the nation in moving long-term care frominstitutions to community settings, such as in-home health care,housing with services, and assisted living services in congregatesettings.
It is estimated that the key HCBS program, the Elderly Waiver,saved the state of Minnesota
by ensuring thatseniors are cared for in the most cost-effective meansappropriate to the individual, reserving nursing homes for use bythose who truly need that level of care.
Home and community-based services help tens of thousands of Minnesotans to live more independently.
There is a large and growing population of individuals that canno longer live completely independently but do not need the levelof care found in higher cost settings such as nursing homes.
For these Minnesotans and their families, home andcommunity-based services (HCBS) provide options to maintain ahigher level of independence in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.
What are home and community-basedservices (HCBS)?
Home and community-based services include assisted livingservices, housing with services, adult day services, adult fostercare, home care, hospice, independent senior living, respitecare and services, senior nutrition, and transportation services