A state proposed bill would pay a caregiver spouse to help keep their spouse home and out of a nursing home.
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BOSTON – Advocates for older adults told state officials with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs that a proposed increase in rates paid to agencies that supply services to Bay State seniors would go a long way to easing the worker crunch and allow older residents to age in place, not in nursing facilities.
The proposal, which would cost the state about $27 million through fiscal 2025, would increase the rate by more than 2% and would include increases in the rate of compensation for certain elder services, including salaries and attorney fees in conservator cases.
Encompassed other services include coordination of congregate (or group) housing services, home care program management, direct home care services, money management programs, programs dedicated to protecting frail adults and keeping them in the community rather than in nursing homes, protective services for incapacitated persons, elder abuse investigations and supportive services in public housing.
Two advocates for seniors testified in a remote meeting Friday, lauding the proposal to increase the reimbursement rate across the state.