"Services such as light house cleaning, or helping them with meals, or helping them with bathing. Those types of things folks need to be living in their own home successfully and independently."
Bottcher says the state only spends 37-percent of its Medicaid budget on services to help seniors stay at home. She says their survey shows that 83-percent of respondents support funding to provide more services for seniors living at home.
"Yet our tax dollars overwhelmingly go to support nursing home care. So it's time for legislators, for lawmakers to re-balance that to give people what it is they want."
The telephone survey interviewed a thousand registered voters age 45 and older. She hopes this legislative session produces funding so more seniors can avoid institutional care and take some of the burden off of family caregivers.
"More than half of Louisiana folks say that they are a caregiver for someone they love. And that means they are having to sacrifice a part of their daily life in order to help someone else live successfully at home."