Report: Where Am I, Where Do I Go? Focuses on Improving Public’s Understanding of Long-Term Care Options
How many times has your agency received a frantic call from a family needing in-home care for a loved one who was being discharged from the hospital within 24 hours? This scenario happens every day across the U.S. and serves as a constant reminder that there is a significant lack of understanding when it comes to the public’s awareness of aging services in the U.S.
A recent report, Where Am I, Where Do I Go: The Missing Entry Point to Long-Term Care Solutions for Older Adults and Their Caregiver, offers insightful stories about families’ challenges when confronted with the need for long term services. The report also indicates that 45 percent of Americans have a positive view of aging services, 20 percent have a negative view, and 35 percent don’t know how they feel, which again emphasizes the need for more information on aging services.
The report concludes with a Call to Action, which recommends the establishment of Navigation Hubs. Families need help now – a lifeline that provides critical information that will help older adults and their families find their way through the convoluted and fragmented system of aging services.
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