FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2011
AARP Statement on Home Care Worker Proposed Rule Announcement
WASHINGTON – AARP today released the following statement from Joyce Rogers, Senior Vice President for AARP, in response to the Administration’s home care worker proposed rule announcement:
“With the support of family caregivers and also of home care workers, many older Americans are able to live in their homes longer, maintain their independence and live healthier and more engaged lives. AARP is pleased to have the opportunity to closely examine the Administration’s home care worker proposed rule and consider the measure from the perspective of the millions of older Americans who receive care from paid home care workers, their family caregivers, and the disproportionately older workers who comprise the home care workforce. As the population rapidly ages, the need for in-home care will only continue to grow. Services in the home and community are also cost effective – on average, the Medicaid program can provide home and community-based services to three people for the cost of serving one person in a nursing home. The nation’s aging population is struggling to find and retain home care workers; ensuring coverage under the minimum wage and overtime laws for more workers can help increase the supply of workers and improve the quality of care for those in need.”
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