Washington State in Top Eight

by Lois Etienne on September 19, 2011

in Caregiver Support,Senior Health and Safety

AARP recently announced that it has worked with the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation to develop a scorecard that shows “eight states at the top when it comes to doing best at providing services and support for the elderly and people with disabilities.” This rating system—which looked at affordability and access; choice of setting and provider; quality of life and of care; and support for family caregivers—identified Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado and Maine as the national leaders in these categories. However, “The study finds…that even the best-performing states have a long way to go to create a high-performing system of long-term services and supports…in areas including home care.”

Well, at least we are being noticed for all of the work that we do. Working with numerous state and national companies and associations, I can assure you that Washington is one of only about four front runner states when it comes to home health care. Other states are just now regulating and licensing their home care agencies. Go Washington!

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