LTSS Focus Areas
People in need of long-term care require different types of long-term services and supports (LTSS). Those nearing end-of-life may need hospice care. Veterans may need support accessing the care benefits they earned through their service. Caregivers may also need support while providing long-term care, which can cause stress that affects their wellbeing.
To help you navigate these needs, the LTSS Focus Areas section offers research on specific types of services: hospice and palliative care, LTSS for Native Veterans, tribal nursing homes, caregiver support, elder abuse prevention, and emerging LTSS issues.
Hospice and Palliative Care
Providing compassionate care for those nearing the end of life is a growing LTSS need. Learn more about hospice and palliative care needs and review examples of other hospice programs that serve Indian Country.Continue
Promoting the health and wellbeing of caregivers is an important part of long-term care. Learn more about supporting caregivers in Indian Country, including examples of successful tribal caregiver support programs.Continue
LTSS for Native Veterans
Native Veterans often face challenges accessing care. Tribal LTSS programs can help connect Native Veterans with long-term care. See profiles of tribal programs that provide services for Veterans and find out how to determine if someone qualifies for VA benefits.Continue
Elder Abuse Prevention
By raising awareness and engaging the community in preventing elder abuse, tribes can help ensure elders are honored and protected. Learn more about this issue and programs that other tribes have created to address it.Continue
Tribal Nursing Homes
Uniting Nursing Homes in Tribal Excellence (U.N.I.T.E.), a tribal nursing home collaborative, has gathered best practices and educational resources for tribes to use in planning for and expanding tribal nursing homes.
Emerging LTSS Issues
Find research on several key LTSS issues, including funding for home- and community-based services, adult Family Homes, and providing care for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia.Continue
Profiles of other tribal LTSS programs offer real-life examples of how tribes successfully provide LTSS in their communities. Explore these profiles to learn about the diverse tribal and intertribal programs serving elders and people with disabilities in Indian Country.
Report: LTSS for Those with Disabilities
This report on disability among AI/AN populations and related issues includes indigenous perspectives on disability, health status statistics, and examples of programs that serve AI/AN individuals with disabilities.
- Issues Affecting American Indians and Alaska Native Consumers with Disabilities (PDF) (PDF, 798 KB, 23 pages)