What do Brown, Oconto, Marinette, Shawano and Menominee counties all have in common as it relates to the next state budget?
All are ready, willing and eager to launch Family Care, a Wisconsin program that gives seniors the opportunity to receive long-term care services at home, rather than in costly institutions.
AARP Wisconsin is urging Gov. Scott Walker and our state legislators to see the value of expanding one of the most popular and cost-effective long-term care programs for seniors and people with disabilities in the country by including Family Care expansion in the 2013-15 state budget.
Family Care saves tens of thousands of dollars per person by allowing seniors to remain living in, and receiving long-term care services in their homes and communities, which is where they'd rather be anyway.
The program closely tailors services to the needs of the individual, bringing about better health care outcomes. As for efficiency, almost 95 percent of the monies spent on Family Care go directly to client services.
Given the evidence of Family Care's success, I urge readers to contact lawmakers and ask them to include funds in the budget to expand Family Care. This program is a win-win for Northeastern Wisconsin.