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Long-Term Care Assistance

Many people think the phrase "long-term care" refers to an insurance policy. While insurance may be part of your strategy for remaining in your home as you age, "long-term care" encompasses everything from services that make it possible for older adults to age in place instead of in a commercial facility to finances to where you will live and how you will navigate the maze of legal, family and social dynamics along the way.

If you or a loved one needs a little assistance or a lot to continue living safely and as independently as possible,  there are a number of programs and options that may meet your needs. Whether you need care in the home, home-delivered meals, or there are more serious guardianship issues to deal with, FTAAAD is your gateway into all of these services.

TennCare's CHOICES in Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) is a state program for older adults and adults with physical disabilities that provides personalized care in the home or in a nursing facility. The kind and amount of care you receive depends on your needs. To qualify, you must meet both physical and financial requirements. CLICK HERE to learn more.

For older adults and adults with disabilities that don't meet the CHOICES eligibility criteria, there are two additional programs that offer homemaker services, personal care, and/or home-delivered meals (otherwise known as Home- and Community-Based Services) to those that qualify. Older adults may be enrolled in either program, while those under age 60 are only eligible for OPTIONS. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Good nutrition is critical to supporting independent and healthy aging, but many barriers can keep older adults from eating well, including lack of financial resources, lack of transportation to stores, limited mobility within the home, or overall declining physical or mental health. Learn more about home-delivered meals, congregate meal sites and the SNAP (food stamp) program. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Becoming a family caregiver can happen slowly or very suddenly, and it is often an overwhelming experience. Caring for a loved one doesn't have to be an "all or nothing" situation. Discover the services and options available to alleviate some of your daily caregiving stresses and responsibilities. CLICK HERE to learn more.

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