Can state step ahead on long-term care?


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“Moving Indiana Forward” on long-term services and supports for the elderly is a good idea, long overdue.

Joan Cuson, director of the Area 2 Agency on Aging/REAL Services Inc., convened a group of stakeholders last month to help define how Indiana should serve its older adults and to identify obstacles standing in the way.

The network of 16 area agencies has been working on its priorities for years. But Cuson said that implementing them has always hit a wall, sacrificed for the goals of other organizations and interests.

The result: Indiana was ranked 47 among the 50 states and the District of Columbia last fall by the American Association of Retired Persons on its first-ever scorecard of state-level performance of systems that provide assistance to older people and adults with disabilities.

AARP’s State Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard examined performance of four key dimensions: affordability and access; choice of setting and provider; quality of life and quality of care; and support for family caregivers.

Indiana performed in the bottom quartile in all four.

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