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2004 AARP Georgia Legislative Issues Survey

AARP Member Opinion Research

This mail survey of AARP members in Georgia explores their opinions about long-term care, the state budget and what they feel should be AARP's legislative priorities in their state.

Of the 1,070 members filling out and returning the survey questionnaire…

  • 77 percent support increasing state funding for programs that would allow people to stay in their own homes longer even if it meant reducing funding for nursing homes
  • 90 percent support legislation to strengthen enforcement of state and federal standards to protect the health and safety of nursing home residents even if it required increased funding
  • 88 percent support requiring nursing homes to provide sufficient staffing levels for appropriate amounts of face-to-face and hands-on care to ensure quality care and meet the needs of nursing home residents even if it forced some nursing homes to close
  • 75 percent support legislation to maintain the rights of nursing home residents and their families to take nursing homes to court for mistreatment, abuse, neglect, or injury
  • 69 percent support raising taxes if it prevents cuts to home and community-based health and long-term care

The survey was conducted during February and March 2004. Participants, proportionally stratified by three age segments (50 to 59, 60 to 74, and 75+), were randomly selected from AARP's membership database. The report was prepared by Rachelle Cummins of AARP Knowledge Management who may be contacted at 202-434-6297 for further information. (33 pages)

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