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Options for Long Term Care (OLTC)

Options for Long Term Care provides access to publicly funded programs that provide support to people with disabling functional conditions and limited finances. These programs are designed to help people continue to live in their own homes or in other community settings, as alternatives to nursing home care.

OLTC provides assessment and on-going case management to older and disabled low-income individuals who are in need of long-term care services in their own homes or alternative care facilities, and provides assessment for people in need of placement in a skilled facility. OLTC currently provides ongoing services to approximately 1200 Larimer County residents outside of nursing facilities, with the goal of providing long-term care in the settings requested by clients and their families and utilizing Medicaid in the most cost-effective manner.

Long Term Care Programs

Home Care Allowance
Serves children and adults who need help to meet basic needs like homemaking and personal care. Recipients must receive SSI. Until 12/31/2013, persons receiving OAP may also qualify.
HCBS (Home and Community Based Services) – Elderly, Blind, Physically Disabled
Serves adults who need care on a long term basis due to age and/or physical disability.
HCBS (Home and Community Based Services) – Community Mental Health Support Services
Serves adults who need care/supervision on a long-term basis due to major mental illness.
HCBS (Home and Community Based Services) – Brain Injury
Serves people age 16 to 64 who are:
Hospitalized at the time of application and need access to rehabilitation treatment outside the hospital, or have maximized rehabilitation potential and need long term care supports in the community.
HCBS (Home and Community Based Services) – Persons Living With AIDS
Serves children and adults with AIDS or HIV by providing long term care services in the home or other community settings as an alternative to institutional care.
Nursing Home Placement
Assesses adults living in the community who request assessment for possible nursing home placement.

Who is Eligible for Long Term Care Programs?

  • Eligibility for all programs is based on financial need as well as functional disability criteria
  • Applicants must apply for Medicaid.
  • A case manager must assess the applicant's functional eligibility.
  • Applicants under age 65 must meet federal disability requirements.

Our Home and Community Based Services program is now accessible to couples requiring spousal protection. This is a program that allows a couple with higher resources to apply for assistance for the disabled spouse while protecting the assets of the non-recipient spouse.

Examples of Services

Services vary by program and identified need, but may include:

  • Personal care – help with bathing, dressing, etc.
  • Homemaker Services – help with grocery shopping, housekeeping and laundry,
  • Adult day care services – a supervised setting away from home,
  • Assisted living,
  • Electronic monitoring – provision of emergency call system, medication reminders, etc

How to Apply

Call (970) 498-7780 and request services from Options for Long Term Care. A telephone interview will be conducted to obtain the necessary application information, followed by an appointment to conduct an assessment in the home.

Office Hours
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
(except holidays)

1501 Blue Spruce Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 498-7780

Background Image: Changing Aspen Leaves in Rocky Mountain National Park by Jeremy Hollis. All rights reserved.