Recently, President Trump made the headlines by signing an Executive Order designed to protect the health of those suffering from kidney disease. The goal is to make it a lot easier for those in need to receive both transplants and dialysis. It’s a big step forward because it establishes a new basic minimum amount of care that people are entitled to, even if they don’t have much in terms of insurance or savings to help cover the costs of these procedures.
The goal, according to policy experts, is to reduce the instances of end-stage kidney disease by 25 percent by the year 2030. With better treatment mandated, we are all one step closer to achieving this goal. One of the key features of this Executive Order is not just to provide access to better care, but also to improve preventative measures and detection. If this disease is detected early, lives can be improved and saved. This tends to be true of many other health issues, too.
The President taking charge in this area also raises a couple big questions, the foremost of them being, “just what is the government’s role in caring for people?” This is a question that governments have been asking for centuries, and no firm conclusion has been reached. Regardless, taking a look at how our government can help us and our families might be worthwhile, just so we know what to expect when helping a loved one find senior care.
Setting politics aside, the government does have a lot of influence over the care that can be made available for our loved ones. The problem that we face is just how can this be accomplished within a free market place without infringing upon personal freedoms. Some may argue that President Trump’s Executive Order is an overstep of the government’s reach, but in the end, it is us that benefit from that. Hopefully, this is just a hint of the steps that will be taken to help improve the health of the people that we love. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, there are always things that we can do to help other people.
In the meantime, don’t expect to see a whole slew of new governmental policy changes. We might see some here and there over the next few years, but it’s also not something that we can count on. We should be taking steps whenever possible to try and improve the quality of care that our family members have access to. This means knowing what medical issues our loved ones face, and what the best way to help them might be.
This is a principle that we can transfer over to senior care. For example, if your loved one has Alzheimer’s, then you will want to find a care specialist that has a background in memory care. If your mom is in a wheelchair and needs help with transportation, then finding a caregiver that provides this will be the right move. This is a little step that we can take now regardless of what is going on with governmental policies and legal changes.