Long Term Care & Elderly Services

Carlton County Long Term Care staff works with seniors and their families in cooperation with physicians, home care providers, and health plans to help seniors find the resources they need to continue living in their homes and stay connected to their families and communities for as long as possible. The Long Term Care staff administers programs such as Long Term Care Consultation(LTCC), Elderly Waiver(EW), Alternative Care(AC), Home Care Program, Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO), Personal Care Assistance (PCA) Program, and the Caregiver Connections Program.


Some of the services available through these programs may include:

  • assisted living
  • companion visits
  • foster care
  • homemaker services
  • personal care assistant
  • visits by a home health aide
  • visits by a skilled nurse
  • home delivered meals
  • supplies and equipment
  • home modifications

The Elderly Waiver program also helps cover the cost of assisted living and foster care.

Long Term Care Consultation

Long Term Care Consultation Services (LTCC) include a variety of services designed to help individuals and families make decisions about long-term care. Carlton County consultants (usually a Public Health Nurse) help seniors and their families choose services that reflect their needs and preferences.

Alternative Care 

If you are 65 and older and examining your options in long-term care, the Alternative Care (AC) program may be able to help you pay for some services. You must meet certain income and asset requirements, and you must choose to receive community services instead of moving to a nursing home, foster care, or assisted living.

Elderly Waiver 

The Elderly Waiver (EW) program funds home and community-based services for people age 65 and older who are eligible for Medical Assistance(MA) and require the level of medical care provided in a nursing home, but choose to reside in the community, such as in their own home and receive services. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) operates the EW program under a federal waiver to Minnesota’s Medicaid State Plan. Counties administer the program.

Community Based Services

Community Based Services offer individuals choices that allow them to stay in their homes and out of nursing care facilities or other costly institutions. These choices are available through waiver programs that provide skilled nursing, homemaking, home health aid, companion, lifeline and transportation services.

Our professional staff works with seniors and their families, in cooperation with their physicians, to coordinate services and provide the care necessary to help individuals remain in their homes and maintain an optimum quality of life.

If you or someone you love needs help to stay at home, call us. We are here to help seniors and their families.

Minnesota Senior Health Options

Minneota Senior Health Options (MSHO) combines the health care and support services that normally are offered by Medical Assistance (MA) and Medicare (separate programs) into one seamless package to make it easier for people to get these services.

Contact Us

If you or someone you love needs help to remain in their home or you would like more information about any of Carlton County Public Health and Human Services Long Term Care and Elderly Services Programs call 218-879-4511 or 888-818-4511