Access to Long-Term Care Services

April 2, 2008


  • Suzanne R. Kunkel
  • Abbe Linscott
  • Jane K. Straker
With a grant from the Administration on Aging (AoA), the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) partnered with Scripps Gerontology Center to conduct the 2007 Aging Network Survey of all Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American programs in the nation. The survey was designed to assess AAA and Title VI involvement in services and programs consistent with AoA’s Choices for Independence. As part of the 2006 reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA), this initiative seeks to modernize the current long-term care system using the following principles:
  • Enabling consumers to remain in their own homes through the provision of home and community-based long-term care;
  • Empowering consumers to stay active and healthy through disease prevention and health promotion services;
  • Streamlining access to home and community-based services; and
  • Enhancing organizational capacity of the aging network for home and community-based long-term care systems.

This research brief provides key findings from the assessment as they relate to four topics: Current Status of Aging Network, Involvement in Choices Related Activities, Challenges, and Technical Assistance and Training Needs.

This research brief provides key findings from the survey as they relate to the progress AAAs have made towards becoming a single point of entry for the clients they serve and streamlining clients access to home and community-based services. Questions covered formal Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) systems, as well as tasks or steps related to streamlining access such as electronically maintaining client, client health and provider information.

Research Brief (PDF 269KB)


  • Long-Term Care - Other