long term care http://ripr.org en RI Rolls Out Integrated Care Initiative For Elderly, Disabled http://ripr.org/post/ri-rolls-out-integrated-care-initiative-elderly-disabled <p>Rhode Islanders who are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid - the so-called "dual eligibles" - take note: you're being enrolled in a new health plan designed to coordinate your primary care and long term care needs a bit better. It's called the Integrated Care Initiative, it could affect nearly 28,000 Rhode Islanders, and it's not without controversy.</p><p>But first, <strong>what's it about</strong>?</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:37:57 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23032 at http://ripr.org Officials Seek Input on Alzheimer's State Plan http://ripr.org/post/officials-seek-input-alzheimers-state-plan <p>State officials want to make it easier for people living with Alzheimer’s and those who care for them. Nearly 25,000 Rhode Islanders suffer from the disease, and an estimated 60,000 are their unpaid caregivers.</p><p>A work group spearheaded by Lt Gov Elizabeth Roberts and Division of Elderly Affairs chief Catherine Taylor has issued a set of recommendations in the state’s first comprehensive Alzheimer’s plan.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 19:24:32 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 16794 at http://ripr.org The Silver Boom: Cost of Long-Term Care in Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/silver-boom-cost-long-term-care-rhode-island <p>These are the average costs, over time, of some long-term care options in Rhode Island.</p><p>Note that the assisted living figure is monthly ($3528 in 2012), the nursing home rate is daily ($265 in 2012), and the home health aide figure is hourly ($24 in 2012).&nbsp; That means that if you or a loved one needed 365 days of nursing home care, for example, the cost would be about $97,000 for the year. If you needed about 20 hours of help a week from a home health aide every day of the year, that would work out to about $25,000.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 11538 at http://ripr.org The Silver Boom: Share Your Stories of Navigating Long Term Care http://ripr.org/post/silver-boom-share-your-stories-navigating-long-term-care <p>Are you caring for aging parents, or an aging spouse? Have you had to find a long term care option? What was helpful? What do you wish you had known before you started?</p><p>Please share your experiences and join the discussion in our comments section below.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:30:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 11563 at http://ripr.org Kilmartin: Expand Background Checks for Nursing Homes http://ripr.org/post/kilmartin-expand-background-checks-nursing-homes <p>Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin wants to institute a national background check for nursing home workers. Federal grant money – and some extra costs for nursing homes – are at stake.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 18:01:51 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 11533 at http://ripr.org Kilmartin: Expand Background Checks for Nursing Homes Comparison shopping for health care in RI http://ripr.org/post/comparison-shopping-health-care-ri <p>There are a few new tools out there for comparing and researching health care options in Rhode Island. I <em>don’t</em> recommend basing your decision solely on one of these web tools. I <em>do</em> recommend digging deeper and getting behind the rankings. But I think they might be a helpful starting place for some, especially if you’re looking for care for a loved one.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8305 at http://ripr.org