The bulk of long term services and supports in this country is provided by unpaid family and friends. Caregivers need support in providing this essential care, including training, respite and information and referrals to learn about the range of services available to their loved one and themselves.
Protecting the Frail
Our most vulnerable elders need protection. AARP urges more effective oversight of longterm services in all settings. We ask regulators to strengthen quality and safety protections—including prohibitions on criminals working in long-term care settings—and to hold providers accountable for any abuse. Standards should affirm the importance of safety, dignity and privacy. Standards should safeguard people’s freedom to assert all their rights without fear of reprisal, including the right to keep their personal possessions, their access to personal medical records, and their right to make complaints.