Home Health Care Crisis in the Adirondacks
In March 2014, the Caregiving Working Group of Essex and Franklin Counties, facilitated by Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, developed and released “Giving and Receiving Care in the Adirondacks,” a community empowerment action plan to address the area’s caregiving needs including severe shortage of home health aides.
NYS Home Care Crisis Campaign
Between January and August 2015, the major provider of home care assistance in Essex and Franklin Counties had 6500 hours of unfilled but authorized hours of care.
Mercy Care and its collaborating leadership partners, Franklin County Office for the Aging, and New York StateWide Senior Action Council launched the NYS Home Care Crisis Campaign to raise awareness about the lack of adequate, accessible, affordable, and available home health care in the Adirondacks. Outreach was undertaken with colleagues throughout New York State to understand the need more fully. More than 100 coalition members representing organizations throughout New York State, including LeadingAge New York and AARP New York, have joined our campaign to advocate for solutions to the home care workforce shortage crisis in the Adirondacks and throughout the State.
What We Know:
Inadequate Home Health Aide Services: Both the Medicaid and Non-Medicaid populations are underserved. Regardless of a person’s income, there simply are not adequate home health aide services available to provide care to those who need it and are authorized to receive it.
There are consequences of an insufficient home care workforce: Elders face delayed discharge from a hospital or require costlier institutionalization rather than preferred (and less expensive) services at home.
A decreasing number of available informal caregivers will increase the demand for home care.
The human dignity of all persons requires that they receive care when it is needed, regardless of payer.
Aims of the Campaign - A Coalition Working to:
- Raise awareness about the inadequate home care services in New York State and seek solutions to provide accessible, affordable and available home health care for people who need it in NYS.
- Raise Public Awareness about the “Age Wave” coming.
- Seek more qualified home health care workers.
- Improve the quality of the home health delivery system in NYS.
- Improve the quality of life of elders who access home care.
To learn about our coalition contact:
Donna Beal, Executive Director
Mercy Care for the Adirondacks
Michelle Breen, Director
Franklin County Office for the Aging
Maria Alvarez, Executive Director
NY StateWide Senior Action Council