Aging and Adult Services

February 28, 2019
The Department of Health’s implementation plan follows a review by the Department of Justice in December 2016 that claimed Louisiana was unnecessarily relying on nursing facilities to serve people with serious mental illness.
January 10, 2019
The Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Aging and Adult Services is seeking input from health care providers, the public and others as it develops strategies to reduce the waiting list for its Community Choices Waiver program and help people swiftly receive the care they need.
October 25, 2018
A training program to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers in Louisiana nursing facilities has resulted in some dramatic improvements, moving the state from 50th in the United States in 2016 to 42nd in the first quarter of 2018.
July 23, 2018
Secretary of Health Dr. Rebekah Gee announced the state had finally done away with the waiting list and ensured that every eligible person who was in line asking for help from the state had received some form of assistance.
May 10, 2018
In Louisiana, tens of thousands of elderly and disabled people could soon lose their Medicaid benefits. Betty Waller, 89, a polio survivor, says Medicaid is needed to cover the full cost of her care.
August 05, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for qualified proposers to conduct a survey of individuals receiving Home and Community Based Long Term Supports and Services administered by the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS). The survey data is to be collected through face to face interviews with the participants and will collect information about their experience and satisfaction with the program.
June 10, 2016
Approximately 10,000 incidents of abuse involving vulnerable adults are reported in Louisiana each year, but that is only a fraction of the true number of incidents, most of which are never reported. Research from the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) shows that 90 percent of elder abusers are family members or others who are trusted. Research also shows that abuse of vulnerable adults occurs in all communities, regardless of income, ethnicity or religious background. Vulnerable adults who experience abuse, neglect or self-neglect face a considerably higher risk of premature death than those adults who have not been mistreated.