A scorecard from AARP finds the Bayou State needs serious improvement when it comes to serving older adults and those with disabilities. Advocacy Director with AARP Louisiana, Andrew Muhl, says Louisiana is ranked 40th overall when it comes to meeting the needs of the elderly. He says these individuals are not getting the adequate day to day help that they need.
“We as a state really need to do a better job of picking up the pace and accelerate to meet the demands of older adults.”
The scorecard found the value of unpaid care for older adults is over six billion dollars. Muhl says Louisiana has a very unbalanced long term care system. He says Medicaid dollars tend to go towards nursing homes when many older adults want to stay at home with assistance from friends and family.
“We’ve got to do a better job of providing more quality options and balancing our long term care dollars to provide more opportunities for older adults.”
Muhl says as a state, we have a lot of work to do. He says the state spends way too much on nursing home care and not enough on in-home care.
“It’s incumbent upon our state lawmakers to work with us to improve our performance and really to make some headway with long term care.”