Residence- and community-based care can make older people’s goal of aging in place much easier.
AARP Delaware supports the governor’s proposed budget increase for the Division of Services for Aging, but it wants to see even more money added to the division’s budget. A funding hike would save the state money by enabling people to avoid spending their later years in nursing homes, which are far more expensive.
The agency currently serves 18,800 people with home- and community-based services, but there is a waiting list of more than 2,000.
If more funding is not approved, many more residents are likely to go underserved, resulting in more people being forced to seek care in costly and less desirable nursing homes.
AARP Delaware continues to encourage the state legislature to increase agency funding; members are urged to contact their lawmakers.
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