The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) has conducted a survey of vulnerable older adults and long-term care residents in the state. This survey has found that these two populations of older adults are not receiving the dental care they need.
A total of 845 individuals were surveyed; these individuals were either residents of long-term care facilities or attendees of federally subsidized congregate meal sites. The survey found that 20% of older adults screened at the congregate meal sites have problems getting dental care, and 50% do not have dental insurance.
A collaboration between the Connecticut DPH and the Oral Health for Older Adults Consortium has resulted in a pilot project, which will offer education for administrators and nursing staff of long-term care facilities.