According to a recent news report, Governor Dannel P. Malloy revealed a plan to dramatically shift the way seniors and those with disabilities receive services by increasing the availability of home care, as well as offering funds for nursing homes to eliminate beds and change their business models. This effort has significant implications for Connecticut’s growing population of seniors – as well as the state’s financial situation. Currently, more than 10 percent of Connecticut’s budget is spent on long-term care.
Governor Malloy’s plan is intended to address several barriers that policymakers say make it significantly harder to get care at home than to get a bed in a nursing home. Research shows Connecticut has one of the highest rates of seniors in nursing homes in the country, with many considered to have “lower levels of needs” than in other states. Governor Malloy and his team plan on addressing this issue and encouraging the use of home care services.
Recognizing the Benefits of Home Care
Like many other states, Connecticut realizes the value of home care. Not only do the majority of seniors prefer home care, it often eases the burden off overworked family caregivers. Combined with a quality home care system or home care software like ClearCare, this solution is typically the most ideal out of all the different care settings.
Home-based care also tends to be less expensive. While nursing home costs are on the rise, home care services continue to be affordable. But for Gov. Malloy’s plan to be successful, a variety of changes must take place state-wide.
Shifting Focus to Home Care
A common argument that Gov. Malloy hears is that it’s “easier” to get nursing home care than home care. Many insist that anyone who meets the physical need and income requirements can get Medicaid coverage for nursing home care, while getting home care requires qualifying for one of several specific programs – many of which have extensive waiting lists. Malloy’s proposal includes reducing the “fragmentation of the system” – specifically, broadening the Medicaid home care coverage.
Another major barrier to expanding home care has been the lack of available home care providers; but as recent years have shown, the home health care field is expanding on a regular basis. More home care agencies are opening than ever before, and providing quality services such as ClearCare’s home care system and home care software. Technological advances such as home care software have improved the workplace environment, as well as the care experience for patients. ClearCare’s home care system helps businesses grow and thrive – which means they can offer more services to a greater population.
The Need for Home Care Software Continues to Grow
Each day there are thousands of seniors turning 65. As our country continues to age, the need for quality home care services increases. Agencies that offer a dependable home care system, such as ClearCare, have a definite advantage to offer clients and their families. Unlike nursing homes, which have limited resources, ClearCare’s home care system gives family members real peace of mind by providing 24/7 real-time visibility to patients’ point-of-care. Families can check in on their loved ones using ClearCare’s web-based home care software and see live updates on daily activities and care plans.
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