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3 Challenges for Long-Term Care in America

Right now, at kitchen tables across America, real families are confronting the same question:  how will we care for mom or dad, or another loved one, if something happens and they can’t care for themselves without assistance?  And if and when the time comes, who will care for us?

Following the Federal Commission on Long-Term Care‘s recently released report, AARP and The Hill Newspaper convened three of the Commissioners and other experts to discuss ways to improve long-term services and supports in America.

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The Commissioners discussed some solutions that could be part of a comprehensive, high-quality delivery system of long-term services and supports for the next generation of caregivers and those who will need additional services and supports to live independently. Then, leaders in state and local government  from Delaware, New York and Tennessee shared innovative approaches currently underway to support caregivers, provide the services and supports that people need to live independently, and support people with disabilities in the workplace.

This issue will touch all of us, almost every American, sooner or later:


We have an opportunity to seize the moment- and to build on the Commission on Long Term Care’s bipartisan recommendations for a better system to support individuals and their family caregivers.

So, what are the current challenges?

1.  People lack information and resources, and they often don’t know where to turn for help.  For example, many are unaware that Medicare only provides limited coverage for skilled nursing facility care and home health care.

2. Saving for retirement is hard enough, never mind adding in the costs necessary to maintain independence.


3.  Despite the fact that more care will be needed, there will be fewer family caregivers.

Families are the first line of assistance for most people who need help to live independently.


Working together on a solution.

We need a national, constructive dialogue that looks at the whole picture, so


Given the many serious challenges facing America’s families today, it is time to get serious about implementing policies that provides them with the support they deserve.

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