Connecticut is improving Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) for older adults, people with physical disabilities, and their caregivers rising to fifth in performance among states, according to the latest State Scorecard. This is up from 10th, 12th, and 11th in previous reports from 2017, 2014, and 2011. Most states did not move much between report years.
We are in the top 25% of states for Affordability and Access, Choice of Setting and Provider, and Support for Family Caregivers. We have work to do on Quality of Life and Quality of Care (ranking 15th), and Effective Transitions (26th). Connecticut is among the highest cost states for nursing home care. No state is meeting demand for subsidized housing, but Connecticut ranks 5th.
The scorecard, sponsored by AARP, The Commonwealth Fund, and the SCAN Foundation, uses 26 indicators such as the cost of nursing homes and home care, supply of various care settings, employment rates for people with disabilities, support for working caregivers, and successful discharge to the community.
The report is comprehensive and shows all the math. Differences in Connecticut’s performance give policymakers and advocates important guidance for improvement. This is very good news as the quality of healthcare generally in Connecticut is average at best.