Sometimes, working on legislation without any direct experience regarding the topic can be difficult for lawmakers. That’s one of the reasons why Mass Home Care presented information about home care providers and what they offer the elderly and disabled residents throughout the state to the State House representatives.
On the surface, it may seem easy enough to determine what home care aides and visiting nurses offer elderly and disabled men and women across the country, but unless an individual has direct experience (either for themselves or an immediate family member), some of the basic information can feel a bit generic.
Mass Home Care is set up to help seniors find the right service providers for their specific needs. By presenting information to state legislators, they were able to offer more insight into the services and value that home care offers residents throughout the state.
As reported on by 22 News WWLP in the blog, Mass Home Care educates legislators on services provided to elders, written by Jodi Reed:
“Part of Thursday’s State House presentation centered on ways home care workers help the elderly while enabling them to maintain their independence.
“When somebody becomes aware that somebody might be in need of help we can respond, that might start with providing information, that might start with somebody saying ‘yes’ I do need a little bit of help lets get some services in place and then we’re able to follow that person,” Lisa Gurgone, the Executive director of Mass Home Care said.
Mass Home Care handles everything from information on Medicare and Meals on Wheels to Laundry and Home Cleaning Services.”
The more information and direct resources lawmakers have at their disposal, the more likely they are to get behind legislation that will help their constituents in the most effective way.
A major hurdle throughout numerous states is dealing with the cost of care for its aging and disabled population. As the baby boomer generation retires, that means seniors comprise a larger percentage of the population, ultimately increasing the amount of money spent on services for them.
Home care is one of the most affordable short and long-term service options for aging men and women who may need some level of support and assistance throughout the week. The more information state legislators have about what home care actually does and offers for the elderly, the more likely they will recognize the potential cost savings of these programs compared to other options, including nursing home facilities.
That can be a powerful asset for lawmakers looking to curtail spending, but who also value the dignity and integrity of their aging constituents.