AARP Public Policy Institute Report Finds Oklahoma Nursing Facilities Rank Among Worst in the Nation in Several Quality Indicators of Care
A new report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute finds Oklahoma ranks among the worst in the nation in several key indicators of quality of care at our state’s nursing facilities. The report, Across the States 2018: Profiles of Long-term Services and Supports, is a compilation of data on long-term care services and supports in each state and combines data from original analysis and a large number of other relevant studies and sources.
Usually when we look for a volunteer opportunity, we are motivated to help others in need. When I volunteered to be a long-term care ombudsman, it turned into a life changing experience. I have changed the lives of dozens of people, all for the better, improved my ability and confidence to stand up for others and, because of my expanded knowledge and experience, made life better for family and friends when they needed long-term care. The long-term care ombudsman program has been a jackpot bingo for me.
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.
A new AARP survey, Voices of 50-Plus New Hampshire: Opinions and Perspectives, shows 94 percent of state residents age 50-plus worry about having enough money to meet their living expenses, and 92 percent worry about having adequate health insurance coverage. Staying at home as they age is important to 95 percent, and 94 percent are concerned about staying mentally sharp. Only 10 percent of those who are employed plan to retire and never return to work.
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.
Across Virginia, there are people in nursing homes, hospitals and other facilities who will spend the holidays alone. With a simple holiday visit, you can make a difference!
AARP will host a presentation on Green House living, an alternative to traditional nursing homes, at the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne on Friday, Oct. 11, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room. The presentation is open to the public.
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