ARCH Quick News Update
May 31, 2011
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New Gallup Poll: In U.S., Caregivers' Emotional Health Often Suffers
May 27, 2011
Americans who balance a full-time job and caring for a loved one who is aging or has a disability have worse emotional health than their non-caregiving counterparts. This is particularly true for caregivers who are younger than 45 years of age.
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Long Term Costs Continue to Rise
From the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America E-Newsletter May 26, 2011 Volume 4 Issue 11
The cost of care at nursing homes and assisted living facilities nationwide increased again in the past year, continuing a steady rise over the past six years, according to a survey of long-term care service providers conducted by Genworth Financial. The cost of both private and semi-private rooms at skilled nursing home facilities increased by more than five percent in the past year, to a national median daily rate of $213 and $193, respectively, and rose more than four percent annually over the past six years. In assisted living facilities, the national median monthly rate increased 2.39 percent, to $3,261, over the past year. However, this was less than the 5.99 percent annual growth in the last six years. In contrast, the costs of home health aide services, homemaker services--known as personal care assistants and companions--and adult day health care services remained the same from 2010 to 2011. The survey enables individuals to simply click on a map to calculate and compare the costs of these services on a state by state or region by region basis across the nation. Click here to view. These data can be used to compare the cost of respite care in your region to more costly out-of-home placements.
National Center for Benefits Outreach, National Council on Aging, Produce a New Issue Brief on Benefits Access among Isolated Seniors
NCOA’s National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment released a new issue brief titled Crossing New Frontiers: Benefits Access among Isolated Seniors. The issue brief describes the ways in which social and geographical isolation pose barriers to benefits access among older adults. By examining the main characteristics of the isolated population, this brief identifies new opportunities to improve and expand the outreach and enrollment efforts that target this population.
U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing – “Meals, Rides, and Caregivers”
On May 26, 2011, the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on "Meals, Rides, and Caregivers: What Makes the Older Americans Act so Vital to America's Seniors." The hearing was designed to gather input on the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, which is due to expire this year. The hearing featured two panels of witnesses; the testimonies for each witness, including a recording of the hearing, can be accessed online by clicking here. The first panel consisted of Rosalynn Carter, President, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving; and Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging, Administration on Aging (AoA). The second panel included: Elizabeth Marshall, OAA service recipient, York, PA; Max Richtman, Chairman, Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO); Heather Bruemmer, State of Wisconsin Long-Term Care Ombudsman; and Timothy Howell, CEO, Senior Citizen Home Assistance Services. Max Richtman presented LCAO’s Consensus Recommendation for the OAA Reauthorization.
National Spending for Long-Term Services and Supports
Summary: Long-term services and supports (LTSS) for the elderly and younger populations with disabilities are a significant component of national health care spending. In 2009, spending for these services was $203.2 billion (almost 10 percent of all U.S. personal health care spending), most of it paid by the federal-state Medicaid program. This publication presents data on LTSS spending by major public and private sources.
More Info: http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/nb/doc/3603