AARP gives Pennsylvania low grade for senior care

AARP gives Pennsylvania low grade for senior care

Pennsylvania isn't making the grade when it comes to services for seniors, according to senior advocacy group AARP.

AARP ranks Pennsylvania near the bottom when it comes to affordability, access to long term care, quality of life care and family care giver support.

The "Raising Expectations" report compiles data from 2009 to 2013 from states across the nation.

"The ranking of 42, while on paper is a concern, we think the study does not portray, and I think AARP Pennsylvania chapter would share some of the successes we have had," said Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Brian Duke.

While the AARP report card is a valuable resource, Duke said different states have different resources, needs and budgets.

The report, he said, can't be used as a comparative tool and noted that Pennsylvania is one of two states to show the most improvement in key areas of services to seniors.

"The care is very good, it's access the care," said Judy Stanczak, Lehgih County Aging and Adult Services.

Stanczak said her agency does roughly 350 assessments each month. She said Governor Tom Corbett established the Long Term Care Commission and has provided more funding at the local level.

"Last year, we were given additional monies to serve people who are on our waiting list. We, at this point, have no one on our waiting list, so when people are in need of services, we are able to provide that service in a much more expedient manner," said Stanczak.

Duke said state aging officials will go over the report card with AARP soon, and the commission will submit its own report to the governor by year end, but Stabczak said anyone who needs services should know a referral is just a phone call away.

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