|The Honorable Larry Converse, NHARA Board Member, and Lucy Edwards, NHARA President, remind our elected officials to FOLLOW THE LAW!|
On May 19th the Elder Rights Coalition held a press conference in the Legislative Office Building to call attention to and protest the failure of the Executive Branch and the Legislature to follow the law on how long term care should be funded in our state. Options for home based care as well as support for nursing home care and residential opportunities for the elderly and disabled were declared a priority for NH in 2006, and...things have gone down hill since then. Along with the speakers from various provider organizations and from recipients of home based care, the Coalition handed out a document presenting how the 2006 DHHS LTC Transition was supposed to work:
New Hampshire Long Term Support Systems Transformation
Our VisionAll New Hampshire citizens have access to the full array of long-term supports and services. This allows them to exercise personal choice and control, and affords them dignity and respect throughout their lives. To the greatest extent possible, each of us is able to make informed decisions about our aging, health, and care needs. There is a high level of quality and accountability in everything offered and in everything provided. Over time, New Hampshire truly becomes an extended community of people who care about, value and help one another.
To create a dynamic and enduring community-based system of long term supports, so all New Hampshire citizens may live and age with respect, dignity, choice, and control until the end of life.
These are the ideals toward which we strive for all New Hampshire citizens:Several times over the past weeks we have heard the term "failure" used to describe the status of our long-term care plan in our state. We need to hold our elected officials accountable for this! We are an aging state, with one of the oldest populations in the country, and we cannot throw seniors into a future with no resources, especially after we had planned for these resources. Failure to implement a plan is planning to fail.
- Quality of life
- Dignity and respect
- Choice and access
- Personal responsibility
- Quality and OutcomesJune 2006