Healthcare reform seeks to help seniors and caretakers

lisa_wurth

September 28, 2010

The Affordable Care Act, part of President Obama's sweeping healthcare reform bill, may end up helping seniors and caretakers with long-term decisions for health and lifestyle, according to SeniorJournal.com.

A total of $68 million in new grants will be available for services and support groups that are designed to help families care for aging parents. The funds are also meant to help those who are struggling to accommodate the needs of seniors with chronic conditions.

"We know how difficult it can be for individuals and caregivers to deal with a sudden illness… while at the same time trying to navigate through a complex health care system to figure out where to go to get appropriate help," said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, according to the news source.

One of the most notable features of the act is that it makes grants available that are meant to help older adults age in their homes, rather than staying in a hospital or assisted living facility.

Installing a personal emergency response system in a home can be an effective way for seniors to live safely and independently. This device enables older adults to alert caretakers or physicians if they are in need of assistance.