Improving Eldercare

Improving Eldercare Solutions

Rethinking Eldercare Services

Along with navigating the challenges of having sufficient income to support retirement, most older adults will need supportive services to recover from periods of illness or other temporary setbacks, and many will have chronic medical conditions that result in gradually worsening disability. Some of us will require hundreds of thousands of dollars in long-term care services over an extended period. Whatever the pattern, a mix of health care and supportive services tailored to individual needs and preferences is the goal.

But our care delivery system isn’t there yet, and exogenous factors, including Covid-19, are producing major impacts and creating new challenges. Against this backdrop, we face questions: For example, how we can adapt current payment and service delivery programs and models to do a better job of organizing high-quality services? How can we provide services that older adults with disabilities need at a cost they can afford? How can society use existing programs to more efficiently plan for and organize services for a fast-rising elderly population? Other priorities include how we can improve the residential long-term care sector so that it is both as safe as possible, while offering elders a good quality of life, and how to expand capacity to offer home and community-based services for tens of millions of Americans who aspire to age in place.

Working with partners around the country, Altarum offers a range of specialists and analysts working on quality improvement, policy initiatives and models of reform that highlight best practices and how they can be more widely implemented. The Program to Improve Eldercare has deep roots in designing and facilitating policy change, and in leveraging policy to help create broad public commitment to high-quality care.

Here’s some of what we work on:

  • Wider implementation of comprehensive culture change in nursing homes;
  • Expanded volunteer help for family caregivers, older adults, and individuals with disabilities living in community settings;
  • Policy initiatives that incentivize states to implement more robust home and community-based services systems for older adults and individuals with disabilities;
  • Broadening service delivery options for older adults with disabilities; and
  • Creating measures and indicators that track how well providers are serving elders living in a given geographic area.

Improving Eldercare Publications

Featured Eldercare Work

News and Perspectives

Survey of Nursing Home Residents Reveals Deep Emotional Toll of Social Isolation Under Covid-19

A new survey of nursing home residents by Altarum provides a rare glimpse into how Covid-19 restrictions of nursing facilities have impacted nearly every aspect of resident life and led to the unintended consequence of drastically reducing frail elders’ connection to community and family, a fundamental human need.  

October 01, 2020

Five Federal Policies We Need Now to Improve Nursing Homes and Respond to Covid-19

Anne Montgomery and Sarah Slocum, co-directors of Altarum’s Program to Improve Eldercare, share five federal policies that should be enacted to ensure nursing home residents receive adequate protection from the novel coronavirus and future pandemics.

June 09, 2020

In Addition to Infection Control, Nursing Homes Should Focus on Three Priorities to Protect and Care for Residents 

As Covid-19 sweeps through the US, nursing homes and other residential long-term care settings are on high alert trying to prevent and control the spread of the highly contagious virus. But they should also focus on advance care planning, treatment, and serological testing.

April 09, 2020


Experiences of Nursing Home Residents During the Covid-19 Pandemic

This survey of nursing home residents provides a rare glimpse into how life has changed under Covid-19, and the emotional toll it has taken on frail elders. It also includes recommendations for nursing homes and policymakers.

October 01, 2020

Create Your Own Caregiver Corps: A Toolkit from Altarum and Livingston County Catholic Charities

The Caregiver Corps Toolkit provides guidance on how to assist recipients who are seeking to maintain their health (social, mental, and physical) and independence while aging in place with their families.

August 06, 2020

Program to Improve Eldercare—Issue Briefs

This collection of issue briefs examine the impact of various social determinants of health (housing, transportation, workforce and more) on long-term services and supports for the elderly—and offers strategies to address them.

July 08, 2020

Improving Eldercare Contact

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Anne Montgomery

Anne Montgomery  - MS

Co-Director, Program to Improve Eldercare

Areas of Expertise
  • Older Americans Act
  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • Long-Term Services and Supports

Anne develops policy and research initiatives that improve long-term services and supports and medical care for older adults receiving services from Medicare, Medicaid, the Older Americans Act, and other programs. She is co-leading efforts to implement and evaluate comprehensive culture change in nursing homes, and is working with colleagues to develop a new volunteer-based  Community Care Corps program at the national level.

Sarah Slocum

Sarah Slocum  - MA

Co-Director, Program to Improve Eldercare

Areas of Expertise
  • Long-term Services and Supports
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid

As Co-Director of the Program to Improve Eldercare at Altarum, Sarah strives to create innovations and system changes that will make care for frail elders and people with disabilities available, accessible, and high quality in the setting of their choice. Through PACE expansion, benefit flexibility, and culture change efforts, she aims to change care delivery to a person-centered model.