GEORGIA AGING FAST FACTS
THE CARE ACT FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS
"States where Healthcare organizations that practice meaningful family caregiver engagement and integrate caregivers into the patient discharge process can reduce hospital readmissions by one-quarter, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center."
— Nancy Pitra, Associate State Director of Advocacy, AARP Georgia.
HOME CARE SERVICES
The need for caregiving increases with age. In 2018, the percentage of older adults age 85 and older who needed help with personal care (21%) was more than twice the percentage for adults ages 74-84 (8%) and five times the percentage for adults ages 65-74 (4%).
LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN AWARENESS
Long-Term Care Ombudsmen services are free to residents of facilities. Yet too few people know about this valuable source of help.
EXPAND NURSING HOME OPTIONS
"We are requesting a legislative study committee to bring together stakeholders to re-imagine, redesign and transform long-term care options available to Georgians."
— Carol Hanlon, The Wisdom Project 2030, Inc.
ALLOW MEDICAID IN
ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES
"Through the use of Medicaid, we have an ability to use a proven model that honors the timeless relevance of our precious seniors by providing the highest quality of housing and assistance with activities of daily living in a private home-based setting while significantly reducing the cost to the state.”
— Daryl Jones, Senior VP Development Division, Integral.