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Regional
4:09 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Survey Ranks Kentucky Last For State Spending On Long-term Care For Elderly

AARP Kentucky says more long-term care money from the state should go to home and community-based services
Credit Greg Stotelmyer

Kentucky received low marks on a report card issued Thursday regarding state funding for long-term care services for seniors. In fact, the commonwealth ranked 51st, behind all 49 other states and the District of Columbia. The survey, conducted by three organizations including the AARP, measures the effects of state policy on the ability of older Americans to live independently. 

Cathy Allgood Murphy with AARP Kentucky says too much of the state’s money is spent in nursing homes rather than at-home and community-based services.

“The get all the money and it’s all for intuitional care, even though everyone says keeping them at home is cheaper and is a better quality of life,” said Murphy.

The state-by-state survey focused on key factors like choice-of-setting, quality-of-care and support provided to family caregivers. Murphy says most caregivers need just a small break from time-to-time to prevent burnout.

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Politics
12:22 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

AARP to Use Fancy Farm Event to Discuss Major Entitlement Programs

The nation’s leading organization for seniors will use this year's Fancy Farm picnic to launch a nationwide tour to help voters be better informed about Social Security and Medicare.

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