Thursday, September 29, 2011

Idaho Gets Poor Marks for Affordability, Access for Elderly, Disabled

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 9:22 AM

A first-of-its-kind national scorecard on long-term care shows that Idaho is near last in affordability and access in care for the elderly and disabled. The study also indicates that the Gem State ranks high in providing community-based care and support for family caregivers.

The new nationwide report was released today by the American Association of Retired Persons Public Policy Institute, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation, analyzing states' delivery of long-term care.

The report, Raising Expectations, ranked Idaho as 48th in the nation for long-term care affordability and access. Idaho also ranked poorly (45th) for the high level of staff turnover in nursing homes. Idaho fared better (eighth) for the available number of assisted-living and residential care units.

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