You may have noticed that I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few weeks talking about reforms and legal changes that have occurred that are helping to improve the state of senior care. New Hampshire is mandating dementia training for care employees, several states are allowing families to place security cameras in the rooms of nursing homes to ensure that their older loved ones are not being mistreated, and states like New Jersey and Minnesota are allowing in-home care to be funded by Medicaid dollars with great success.
These types of changes are good. They promote and protect the safety of seniors. This is one of the big goals that we have for senior care in general, isn’t it? We want the people that we love to be safe and to keep them out of the way of unnecessary harm. We want them to have easier access to care and we want them to work with people who know what they are doing and the best way to help them. There is no question that the steps that have been highlighted here on this blog–and many other things that are happening in our communities–are good, strong steps in the right direction.
These changes cannot continue if there isn’t proper backing for the funding of senior care. We all have heard that the need for care is growing. In order to meet this need, there are even more changes that need to take place. More caregivers, more resources, more training, more facilities, and more knowledge are all needed. And these things need to be put in place before the population grows to a point where it’s necessary. These changes need to be put in place before they are absolutely necessary so that there is not a scramble at the last moment to get things moving. If that were to happen, there would undoubtedly be people who would be left behind and not receive adequate help to meet their needs.
Usually, these things happen through changes in government spending programs. These are certainly a huge help when it comes to creating funding for senior care. But they’re not the only ways. Grants, private funds, and smart business practices are essential, too. It’s how we grow the available resources designed to help the older adults that we have spent years caring about.
All of these things are good, but a lot of time we find that families looking for senior care for an older loved one have no idea that they exist. A lot of funding for care happens behind the scenes, and this can make affording care seem like an impossibility for a lot of people that otherwise have many options open to them. True, not everyone will qualify for every funding program. But if we’re not aware of what options are available, we will never know where to begin.
This is why it is so important that you have a good team on your side. Give us a call to learn more about what we do.