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Indiana Long-Term Care Ranked as Worst in the Nation

Jason Reese

New Reports Seats Indiana in Last Place For Long-Term Care Services

A new report card has seated Indiana dead last, indicating that the Hoosier state lacks community-based long-term care services. Indiana had ranked 47th in the last two scorecards, done in 2014 and 2011. This most recent Long-Term Services & Supports State Scorecard, was conducted by AARP, the Commonwealth Fund and the Scan Foundation. Indiana was ranked collectively 51st among the 50 states and the District of Columbia and also in these categories:

  • Affordability and Access: 51
  • Choice of Setting and Provider: 50
  • Quality of Life & Quality of Care: 37
  • Support for Family Caregivers: 51
  • Effective Transitions: 33

The state also scored poorly in:

  • The percentage of people first receiving services in the community: 50
  • Number of people with disabilities directing their own services: 49
  • Percentage of home health patients with a hospital admission: 48
  • Percentage of new nursing home stays that lasted 100 days or more: 48

Types of Long-Term Care Facilities and Options

The very best option for you in protecting your loved one is to do the leg work up front and put in the time and the proper research about the care facility options in your area. Making sure they are placed in the most appropriate location for their needs should be of utmost importance as well. There are many types of long-term care facilities in Indiana

Assisted Living

Assisted living communities specialize in providing care and supervision. They frequently offer services like planned activities, housekeeping and laundry, transportation, meals, exercise and wellness programs. Assisted living communities sometimes offer limited medical assistance, but not skilled nursing.

Communities with Continuing Care

These types of communities may look like a small college campus or even a suburban block community. They typically offer a variety of housing options that can support many different life stages. Spanning independent living, assisted living, or skilled nursing care, they enable residents to age in a single community without having to relocate as their needs evolve.

Independent Living

Sometimes referred to as retirement communities, independent living communities offer older adults with limited care needs a simplified lifestyle. They often take the form of apartment complexes with amenities like fitness programs, housekeeping, communal meals and other services to enrich and simplify life for older adults looking to downsize.

Home Health Agencies

Home health agencies would provide medical care in the home. Doctors prescribe home healthcare when someone needs help recovering from surgery, an accident, or a serious illness. Home healthcare is an option when your loved one is not ill enough to be in a hospital but is not yet well enough to be home alone. Home healthcare agencies are licensed by the state and must also adhere to federal regulations.

In-Home Care

In-home care is a service that provides caregivers who will come into the home to assist with activities of daily living, including light housekeeping, grocery shopping, meal preparation, and grooming. Some provide additional services related to help with personal care for toileting and bathing. Caregivers can come as many times as you would like, but they generally do not provide medical care. Caregivers who provide these services are also referred to as personal care assistants.

Memory Care Communities

Memory care communities specialize in providing care to aging adults with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other cognitive issues. Staff members are trained to help with communication and to help residents manage dementia symptoms like sundown syndrome, wandering, and combativeness.

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes, also called skilled nursing facilities, provide care to those with illnesses or mental conditions requiring full-time monitoring and medical care. Most skilled nursing residents live in semi-private rooms, and meals are generally provided.

Preparing To Put Your Loved One In The Care of Another Person

It is always best for a care facility or nursing home to be located where family and friends can visit often. Statistically speaking, people in nursing homes who have regular visitors usually receive better care. No matter how rushed you may feel, don’t pick the first place especially if you have a bad feeling. Do your research and plan visits at more than one place. And, if possible, visit with your parent and other family members so you can make comparisons and everyone can share their thoughts. Before your visit, look at the online survey history of the nursing home to see what areas may be problematic and contact Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) to find out more about the residence.

In addition, AARP says when touring a nursing home or long-term care facility, remember to:

  • Observe the activities offered to residents;
  • Taste the food;
  • Visit at least twice;
  • Make one unscheduled stop on the weekend or evening when there may be staffing problems.

Don’t forget to be open and straight forward in asking the staff what they are doing to improve the quality of care for residents in the care facility or nursing home. Bring this report to their attention even! Talk to nursing staff to make sure the kind of care your loved one needs is provided. Ask about things such as:

  • Transportation to medical appointments;
  • Physical therapy;
  • Staff with special training for dealing with your parent’s condition;
  • Special units, programs or services for special needs, such as dementia.

Although there is a new Indiana law on the books, House Bill 1493, that directs the state’s Division of Aging to develop a plan to expand the state’s services for seniors and people with disabilities, critics believe the $2 billion budget reserve will not provide adequate resources for long-term care and public health.

Wagner Reese – Long-Term Care and Assisted Living Abuse Lawyers

It may be extremely difficult to think of your elderly or disabled loved ones not being properly cared for, but it does happen. And in the worst cases it can result in death. If a loved one is showing signs of neglect, complains about the care being received in a long-term care facility or nursing home, appears altered in emotional or physical ways, or if you fear they have been neglected, mistreated, physically, sexually, or financially abused, Wagner Reese can fight for justice in your situation. None of us wants to see our loved ones suffer, but you can help protect others from the same fate in the future. Call our offices today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a risk-free consultation.

Sources: AARP, Commonwealth Fund and the Scan Foundation

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