Baton Rouge – The Department of Health has scheduled three public meetings in Alexandria to provide information about options in long-term care.

Representatives from LDH will discuss services that are available to elderly citizens and to people with disabilities through Medicaid’s home and community-based waivers and personal care attendant programs. These are programs that allow people to maintain independence through the use of natural supports and community support networks instead of moving into a nursing home. In many instances, Medicaid can pay for these services and supports.

The same information will be provided at each of the meetings. They are set for:

Friday, Sept. 26, 2003
Rapides Regional Medical Center Auditorium
211 Fourth Street.
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
12 noon to 2 p.m.
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

DHH’s Bureau of Community Supports and Services will provide interested individuals with specific information about the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waiver Services that are available to eligible adults who are elderly or disabled. Participants also will learn how to access these services.

A complete list of Home and Community-Based Waiver services, including fact sheets, is also available on the LDH Web site at