How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care

floridaBecause the availability of family caregivers is declining, many people must go outside of the family to find needed care for an aging loved one. As Geriatric Care Managers, we are able to fill the void, particularly for out of town caregivers in order to ensure that people are receiving the best and most appropriate care, and continued monitoring to ensure a high standard of care. Thanks for visiting us at Advocare of South Florida. 

In just 12 years, the oldest members of the huge baby-boom generation will turn 80. Many will need some kind of long-term care. A new study from AARP says that care could vary dramatically in cost and quality depending on where they live.

The study was motivated by a simple fact: The number of available family caregivers is declining. In 2010, there were potentially seven for each person 80 years old or older. By the time baby boomers reach that age, there will be only four potential caregivers for each of them. And those numbers are expected to continue declining. Chalk it up to longer lives and smaller families.

Susan Reinhard, a senior vice president at AARP, says the study can show states where they need to improve. “The gradual pace of improvement has to pick up,” she says. “We don’t have the time to get ready for the demographic imperative that is before us.”

The study looked at 26 different variables in each state, from affordability and access to whether care is delivered in private homes or more expensive nursing homes. Reinhard says states that encouraged more care at home got higher marks. “It’s a philosophy, it’s a value that states have, and they work hard to make that happen,” she says.

Nevertheless, Reinhard says all of the states improved in some ways from the previous study in 2011. For example, it has become increasingly common for family members to perform some medical tasks like giving injections or treating wounds. But in the past couple of years, 13 states have also allowed nurses to train paid caregivers to perform such tasks in the home. That means that “the family caregiver doesn’t have to run home from work and do it,” says Reinhard.

While the states are the generators of public policy related to long-term care, there’s also a role for the federal government, says Dr. Bruce Chernof. He’s CEO of the SCAN Foundation, one of the co-sponsors of the study, and was also recently chairman of the Federal Commission on Long-Term Care.

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