At least 70 percent of people age 65 and older will need support at some point in their lives to maintain independence, making the cost and quality of such services critical.
New Jersey has some work to do on that front, according to a recent state scorecard on long-term services and supports. The Garden State ranked 44th on the cost of nursing home care and 49th on the percentage of nursing home residents with bed sores. The state did well, however, on the cost of home- and community-based services.
AARP New Jersey is working to improve quality, affordability and choices in long-term care. In addition, the AARP state office is pushing for legislation that would better prepare family caregivers to provide follow-up care when a patient returns home after a hospital stay.
The scorecard was produced by AARP, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation. For more state rankings, go to longtermscorecard.org.