Long Term Care Options Counseling

Are you thinking about moving to an Assisted Living or another type of housing with services setting?

Studies show people who do not plan ahead, often spend more of their hard earned money and are less informed to deal with a long term health crisis. Don’t wait, plan now. Get information and assistance to understand the risks you might have that could lead to the need for an expensive move. Understand how to manage those risks.

Consumers who are looking to move from their home due to their age or health should call the Senior LinkAge Line® One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors at 1-800-333-2433. When you call, you will be able to:

  • Compare your housing choices.
  • Review ways to bring services into the home to avoid a move.

Long Term Care Options Counselors who answer the Senior LinkAge Line® One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors can connect calls to:

  • home care options
  • chore services (shoveling, lawn maintenance, and other handy person home maintenance)
  • home modifications
  • medication education
  • technology options including sensing technology and personal response systems

The best time to call and get help is now; don’t wait until the crisis when you are forced into emergency quick decisions. When you call we will help you look at your risks, find services that may be helpful to you to manage the risks, and help you learn about ways to pay for services and use your benefits, such as health and long term care insurance, Medicare and other resources.

There is a new requirement in Minnesota for those who are thinking of making a move. As of October 1st, 2011 any individual who is thinking about moving into a registered housing with services setting (including those with the additional designation of assisted living) will need to call for Long Term Care Options Counseling. Contact the Senior LinkAge Line® One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors at 1-800-333-2433 to get started. Find out the right questions to ask when touring a housing setting, such as cost and service options. Individuals that go through this process will then be provided a letter in the mail that includes a code that verifies that they have received this support. The code should be saved in a safe place and will need to be shared with the housing setting you select, prior to signing a lease or contract with the setting. Only one code is needed per individual and never expires. To receive these types of support contact the Senior LinkAge Line® Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm at 1-800-333-2433.

 The steps you need to take to get this support are:

  •  What you should do? Make just one call for help with looking at all of your options by calling the Senior LinkAge Line® 1-800-333-2433
  • What you will get? Comprehensive, objective information to make choices.
  • What you will receive? Support to consider all of your options.

Senior Housing Guide is a Division of Housing Sense