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Wisconsin Ranks No. 15 on AARP Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard

AARP recently released its Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Scorecard. The Scorecard creates interest and investment in LTSS by measuring each state’s support and services. It also identifies areas of improvement that directly affect consumers and their families. By ranking states amongst one another, the report aims to motivate each state to improve their LTSS services.

Wisconsin ranks number 15 on the Scorecard. The Long-Term Services and Supports card ranks Wisconsin in the second-highest tier of states. The report, linked below, measures each state’s LTSS services across several parameters, including:

  • Affordability and accessibility – Resource convenience; cost of supports and services
  • Choice of Setting and Provider – Ability to control services (i.e., self-direction)
  • Safety and Quality – Level of respect; provider and support-staffing; outcome management
  • Support for Family Caregivers – Limits dependency for family caregivers
  • Community Integration – Wide scope of LTSS services; livable and stable communities

Wisconsin placed in the top tier for choice of setting and provider. In this category, Wisconsin ranked third in the country for Self-Directed Program Enrollment and Assisted Living Supply. Wisconsin also placed in the top ten in nursing home residents with low care needs.

Key Findings

The report found a shortage in long-term care insurance policies. Additionally, accessible housing and in-home nursing are still too expensive for the middle class. The report also found more than half the country got better at creating more accessible LTSS options.

For more information on the LTSS Scorecard, read the full report below.

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