A recent report called “Picking Up the Pace of Change, 2017: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers,” conducted by AARP, showed wide variations among states nationally and generally indicated an overall need for an improvement in the status of long-term care for each state. The study measured long-term care in the following 5 categories: affordability and access, consumer choice, quality of care, support for family caregivers and effective integration of health. Of the 5 categories, Indiana ranked within the lowest quartile in the affordability and access, consumer choice, and support for family caregiver categories, and rated within the second worst quartile for quality of life/care, and effective transitions categories. Although Indiana showed some of the poorest scores in this study, the state’s scores improved considerably from the 2014 report when compared against most other states who had not shown any significant improvements in their scores or rankings. Potentially, with changes in long-term care policy following the prosecution of various medical and nursing home negligence cases, Indiana could move out of the bottom 10 rankings in the next edition of the AARP Report.
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