Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
July 20th, 2017 • News

July 20, 2017- Senator Keith Ingram audio report of news from the 91st General Assembly.

  • In Arkansas alone, it’s estimated that 698,000 people provide care for aging family members who have a disability, a chronic condition or mental illness.
  • It’s an unfortunate fact of life that caregivers often suffer health problems due to the demands and stresses of caring for aging relatives. . If the caregivers get so worn out they need help themselves, their aging loved ones are forced to move outside the home. Often they move into a long-term care facility because that is the only place left they can get the day-to-day help they need.
  • That’s why respite care is so important. Respite care provides relief to caregivers, and by helping caregivers it allows aging family members to live in their homes longer.
  • Because more people are retiring every year, we shouldn’t approach this issue in a haphazard fashion. For that reason Rep. Deborah Ferguson and I have sponsored a study of all the respite care options available in Arkansas. We’ve asked for input from state agencies that have expertise in this area, including the divisions of Aging and Adult Services, the division of Mental Health Services, the division of Developmental Disabilities Services and the division of Medical Services.
  • Any help we provide caregivers is a wise use of resources. If the government had to pay for it, the estimated value of the care they provide to loved ones and family members in Arkansas is approximately $4.5 billion a year.
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