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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Innovative program to keep seniors at home

The Salem News reports on a new program where adult children or other healthy adults are paid $18,000 per year to care for an elderly person at home. I’d like to know more about this program. It’s certainly a step in the right direction. While $18,000 isn’t a lot of money, especially for 24/7 care, it might provide just the incentive for a person to try to provide care at home. Especially since nursing homes in California are running upwards of $6,000 per month!

It would be wonderful if the long-term care insurers would see the benefit of participating in such a program. Ours won’t allow payments to family caregivers. Too bad. They would actually save a lot of money, or we would be able to extend the benefits over a longer period of time if they would.

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I would assume that the elderly person would still be getting their social security check and perhaps a pension check, so that could also contribute to the household expenses. That would be a big help to most households.

By Blogger P.S. an after-thought, at 6:20 AM  

These kinds of changes can't happen quickly enough! Slowly but surely we'll see more of these changes! We'll have to. The health care system-as it stands today - simply won't be able to keep up with boomer's needs!

By Anonymous lisa dunn, at 11:49 AM  

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