AARP, the Commonwealth Fund, and the SCAN Foundation have just released the third edition of their "Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard" (2017 Edition). The report finds that the states of Washington, Minnesota, Vermont, Oregon, and Alaska are best at providing support for home healthcare for older adults and their family caretakers.
Emphasizing home and community-based living makes both emotional and fiscal sense. Not only do 9 out of 10 Americans express a preference for inclusive living, but it is by far the most affordable option. On average, home care costs about $128 per day but care in a nursing home costs approximately $230 a day.
Washington tops the list of states because it prioritizes support for home and community-based care. Here are the seven distinct lessons Illinois can learn from how Washington helped more adults age in place:
Contributed by the committee officers of Inclusion PAC.