long-term care

States Seize Opportunities to Improve Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports

Posted on 07/16/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteIncreasing State Interest in Affordable Care Act Options that Impact LTSS Populations   A new study by the AARP Public Policy Institute finds that many states are moving to take advantage of new financial incentives to improve delivery of home- and community-based services (HCBS) to people who need long-term services and supports (LTSS). Medicaid, the largest source of public funding for LTSS, gives states many options for providing HCBS. While states are not required to provide HCBS, all states provide at …

Kids in Assisted Living: Everyone Wins

Posted on 04/3/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingThere’s a children’s book series that has come out in the last year about a young girl named Carlyn and her visits to her grandmother in assisted living. It debunks the stereotypes about old people and long-term care. Here’s one line from Carlyn Meets Granny Girl’s New Friends: “Wow, this does not look like a place creepy people live, and I do not smell anything weird, either!” Carlyn said. There’s an even more interesting story behind the book. It’s written by …

Q&A: Carol Raphael, Long-Term Care Commissioner

Posted on 03/20/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingAARP Vice Chairman of the Board Carol Raphael, a nationally recognized expert on health care and workforce issues, was appointed last week to the Commission on Long-Term Care, which Congress recently created to develop plans for “a comprehensive, coordinated and high-quality system” of long-term care for older adults and people with disabilities. Here’s her preview of what lies ahead. (Answers have been shortened for brevity.) Q: Commissions are sometimes where issues go to die. Do you have faith this one can …

Is Your Loved One Really Getting the Care You Expect?

Posted on 03/7/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingRecently, there has been a great deal of controversy about an employee in an independent living facility in California who refused to do CPR on a resident, citing company policy forbidding her to do so. The resident later died, sparking many questions about types of facilities, the kind or “level” of care provided and their policies. Several investigations have been launched as a result of the incident. The facility at first said the employee followed policy, but later released a statement saying, “The incident resulted from …

Long-Term Care Ombudsmen Face Challenges To Independence

Posted on 01/28/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin TodayBy Jenni Bergal for Kaiser Health News This story was produced in collaboration with USA Today. The 2.3 million elderly or disabled people living in nursing homes or assisted living centers might not know it, but they’ve got an advocate — someone who’s supposed to be looking out for their health, safety and rights. In 2011, state long-term care ombudsmen — assisted by hundreds of local ombudsmen programs and thousands of volunteers — responded to 204,000 complaints nationwide. They ranged …

What Long-Term Care Costs (A Lot!)

Posted on 11/15/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingIf you’re considering long-term care, expect to pay more for nursing homes, assisted living communities and homemakers/companions, MetLife Mature Market Institute’s annual 2012 survey reveals. Good news: the study of average national long-term care costs shows they’ve stayed the same for adult day services and home health aides. Of course, rates and services vary by state and area; those differences are included in the survey. Take a look at national average costs: A private room in a nursing home is $248/day, …