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Continuing Care performance report

Measure: Percent of seniors on the Elderly Waiver and Alternative Care program who are served in residential settings and have low needs.

The percent of seniors on the Elderly Waiver and Alternative Care program with low needs and receive services in a residential setting has decreased. In 2009, 10.4 percent of seniors with low needs received residential services through the EW or the AC program. By 2013, the percent was 9.9 percent.

To help track progress, counties that are similar in population size are grouped together and called a "cohort." Cohort 5 includes the largest Minnesota counties and has the lowest percent of seniors with low needs who receive residential services.

Why this measure is important?

This measure shows that seniors with low needs continue to decrease their use of residential services such as customized living and foster care. That is important because people prefer to stay in their homes and have more choices for their services.

As the number of people who receive services in residential settings increases, the cost of providing the services also increases. It is important to use less expensive services for people with lower needs.

What is included in the measure?

The number of people with low needs who receive residential services on EW or AC.

What does it mean?

A lower percent is better because it means there are fewer seniors with low needs who receive services in a residential setting.

How is it calculated?

The number of people served on the EW and AC programs with low needs who receive services in a residential setting divided by the total number of people who have low needs on the EW and AC programs.

Percent of seniors served in residential settings with low needs by graph

Graph of percent of seniors served in residential settings with low needs

Percent of seniors served in residential settings with low needs by table / by map (PDF)

Year

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Statewide

10.4%

10.7%

10.2%

9.5%

9.9%

Cohort 1

7.7%

8.0%

8.5%

9.4%

8.6%

Cohort 2

11.0%

12.6%

13.0%

13.0%

14.1%

Cohort 3

15.5%

16.4%

16.7%

16.0%

16.3%

Cohort 4

15.5%

15.7%

13.4%

11.6%

12.0%

Cohort 5

5.8%

5.6%

5.1%

4.1%

4.9%

Data source

DHS Data Warehouse

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