During the most recent session of the Indiana General Assembly, AARP Indiana worked with the administration and key stakeholders on House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1493, which directs Indiana’s Division of Aging to develop a plan to expand the state's home and community-based services (HCBS) for older Hoosiers and people with disabilities.
(Ridgeland, MS) – Mississippi ranks 48 th overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns much more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands. Despite the ranking, Mississippi has seen growth in key areas. Those areas are:
November is National Family Caregiver Month, and AARP Mississippi will highlight the need to support caregivers and those for whom they care.
The Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging (LGOA) is requesting $4.7 million in the fiscal year 2014-15 state budget to serve needy seniors in their homes and $3 million in ongoing resources for respite services for caregivers. The House adopted version of the budget provides a large portion of this funding; $3 million for HCBS services and $2 million for respite services.
This is not fiction: A 101-year-old Massachusetts senior with a serious heart condition has the ability to live independently in his home, with the help of his daughter, but may be forced into a nursing home because he cannot get the home care services he needs. He is currently on a waiting list — for home care.
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