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Connecticut Initiative Will Provide Long-Term Care Guidance

August 8, 2013

Connecticut has launched a comprehensive initiative that will help residents obtain long-term care and guide prospective long-term care workers as they get started in the field.

The initiative, My Place CT, includes a website, a call center, and an ad campaign. It will be linked to the state’s online insurance exchange, which will open on October 1.

People interested in pursuing long-term care as a career can consult a section of the website for job listings, training information, and tips about how to search for a direct-care job.

“If we don’t grow that workforce, people won’t have a choice” when it comes to obtaining long-term care, said Dawn Lambert, project director for Connecticut State Department of Social ServicesMoney Follows the Person program, in an interview with Kaiser Health News.

The website will eventually link caregivers to consumers, Lambert added.

In the meantime, consumers can use the website to find more information about the long-term care possibilities that are best suited to them based on their needs and payment options.

The website provides links to long-term care programs and services, resource centers, and information on housing options for elders and people with disabilities.

Ultimately, Lambert said, “We want people in our state to be able to make an informed choice and we want to have quality infrastructure in place to support that.”

— by Matthew Ozga

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