Disabled May Lose Independence Without More State Aid

Updated: 03/16/2014 10:49 PM
Created: 03/16/2014 5:22 PM
By: Nick Winkler

Home and Community-Based Services organizations, the outfits that supply the disabled with caregivers, are asking lawmakers for a 5 percent rate increase.

It amounts to about $83 million next year.

Providers say turnover is high among caregivers, some of whom have not had raises in five years, due to what is being called stagnant state funding over the past decade.

Turnover can cause problems for people with disabilities who forge bonds with their caregivers.

Care providers say enabling the disabled and elderly to remain in their homes and live somewhat independently increases their quality of life and allows them to avoid costly institutional care facilities.

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