Senior citizen and disability leaders gathered in South Bend Thursday to call attention to the dilemma facing Hoosiers with long term health care needs.
Thousands of Hoosiers are being denied critically-needed home care services, many of them sitting on waiting lists for over a year, and in some cases even longer.
The state claims that it is too expensive to fund home care for everyone, but advocates point to Indiana's $2.2 billion budget surplus to show the money is there.
They say that for the state's senior and disabled population, being able to stay in their homes and connected to their communities is a quality of life issue.
“It is one that must and should transcend partisan politics,” said Carol Davis, Executive Director, United Senior Action. “It makes common sense. People deserve to stay home. They deserve to be able to use the time as they wish, and to live safely and independently at home rather than in a residential facility.”
The group also says that having fully-funded and high-quality home care services makes sense for all Hoosiers.
It eliminates the burden on taxpayers who are being stuck with larger bills to pay for expensive nursing homes.