The well-publicized coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns with long-term care facilities have highlighted how individuals ages 65 and older and many individuals with disabilities are not only at higher risk of developing severe health complications from the virus, they are also less able to physically distance themselves. That is because many, whether they live in a skilled nursing facility or not, rely on help from others to carry out tasks of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, or eating.
Each day, thousands of Delawareans serve as caregivers for family members. These family caregivers often have full-time day jobs; they return home from work to provide evening care, or dash home at lunch to check in on loved ones. They provide trusted care to those they hold most dear—an emotionally challenging, but critical, role in our society.
“Whatever happens to me, I don’t want to end up in a nursing home!” Sound familiar? Almost all express that wish, fearing becoming dependent on others. However, reconciling one’s wishes with the reality of their needs can pose challenges and feelings of guilt for even the most devoted family caregiver. You want to do everything you can for your loved one, but it’s likely you will eventually need some type of outside help.
New Hampshire ranks #47 when it comes to offering services that help keep people in their homes and communities as they age. AARP warns more must be done – at an accelerated pace – to meet changing demographic demands. New Hampshire’s long-term care system needs serious overhaul in order to give people the care they want, in the setting of their choices, at a lesser price. Nearly all – 95% -- of New Hampshire residents say they want to age at home, and not a nursing home.
Harrisburg, PA: Governor Tom Wolf presented his FY 16-17 budget in the annual budget message to the Pennsylvania General Assembly on Tuesday, February 9 th, but the budget itself was almost irrelevant to the event. Here are three takeaways for you and your family to consider in the coming months.
November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 40 million Americans – including 1.7 million Ohioans – who help older parents, spouses, and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be. The unpaid care they provide – managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more – is valued at more than $16.5 million in Ohio alone.
Jacksonville voters overwhelmingly agree on the need for services that help family caregivers keep older loved ones in their homes, according to a recent AARP survey.
Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s latest Budget Plan calls for funding cuts and drastic changes that are harmful to Connecticut seniors and family caregivers who help their loved ones remain at home as they age. Right now, state legislators are reviewing these harmful cuts in senior services. Please join our fight to help seniors live independently and support the family caregivers who make it possible for them to stay in their homes. Send an email to the Governor and your state legislators today!
AARP Connecticut released the statement below from State Advocacy Director Claudio Gualtieri, in response to Governor Malloy’s proposed State Budget cuts to the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE) and Alzheimer's Respite Program. The Governor has proposed more than doubling the current cost-share for clients of the CHCPE from 7% to 15%, and closing access to Level 1 of the program for new clients, as well as cutting funding by more than $500,000 for the Respite care Program:
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