The Area Agency on Aging’s OPTIONS Assessment Unit provides a comprehensive assessment of need on all consumers seeking long-term care services, whether community-based or institutional. The assessment is done to determine a consumer’s needs and the most appropriate and effective resources available in order to meet those needs.
The assessment is conducted in a face-to-face meeting whenever possible and,
ideally, takes place in the consumer’s current living environment. The assessment identifies home- and community-based services appropriate for the consumer taking into account all facets of the person’s life – physical, financial, informal supports, and environmental.