Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) provide opportunities for individuals to receive needed services and supports in their own home or community, rather than in institutions or other isolated settings. These programs serve a variety of individuals, such as older adults and people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and/or mental illnesses. Most people of all ages with disabilities or chronic illnesses strongly prefer home and community-based services to institutional care, such as assisted living facilities or nursing homes. Receiving supports and services in a familiar environment helps individuals maintain a sense of independence and security and also reduces some of the stress often experienced by their family caregivers. HCBS are self-directed, allowing individuals the opportunity to:
HCBS are usually less expensive than institutional care.
HCBS fall into two general categories.
HCBS are one of several options to consider when reviewing your or a loved one's long-term care needs. For more information on HCBS and other long-term care options, contact us or your local Area Agency on Aging.