Choice and autonomy
Seniors, and persons living with disabilities deserve dignity and access to informed choices when selecting the setting(s) where they receive care and who will provide that care. Individual care plans should be shaped by the client's’ decisions, experience, and feedback from family members and caregivers. Persons receiving long-term care services should be empowered to help direct their services.
Our state’s population is getting older, and every year, more seniors and people with disabilities want to live at home but lack options.
Together we need to build a dependable home care system that will provide high-quality care and allow our loved ones to live in dignity and according to their wishes.
The Rhode Island Campaign for
Home Care Independence
Access and Availability
Home and community based supports, services and care must be easily accessible for seniors, individuals with disabilities, and their families. An accessible system requires reliable and timely information and options counseling from an independent source, and easy-to-access referral supports when selecting care options.
Quality and Consistent Care
The system must have professional, well-trained, and well compensated caregivers who provide high-quality services and safe care. High-quality services and care require that caregivers are paid a living wage in order to develop and maintain a stable and reliable workforce with low turnover.
Our Work and How You Can Help
Our coalition is working in the 2018 legislative session to pass legislation that reflects our principles and expand the home care options available to Rhode Islanders. States around the country have set the example by adopting an Independent Provider model that allows families to easily navigate their options and connect directly to home care workers.
Learn more, and write to your legislators in support of this initiative.
Read about how the Independent Provider model can help families get the care they need, improve wages for home care workers, and save money in our state budget.
We would love to hear from you.
Have you or a loved one used home care services for your long-term care needs? If not, did you consider home care as an option? Was your experience with home care a success, a challenge, or mixed?
Rhode Island Organizing Project
RI Chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW)
RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty
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