If a proposed bill is passed in Indiana, it might become easier for seniors in the state to gain access to home care, which generally serves as an alternative to entering an assisted living facility, ABCnews.com reports.
According to the news source, those who require Alzheimer's care or home care must currently apply for a Medicaid waiver before being eligible for the services, but no application is needed to enter a nursing home.
A new proposal would streamline the application process and make it easier for seniors to gain access to programs that provide Alzheimers care and other home care services.
"By clearing bottlenecks in Indiana's long-term care system, this legislation will help shift the entire system from an over-reliance on nursing homes toward the kind of care that people want and need," Paul Chase, public policy director for AARP Indiana, told the news source.
The new laws would most likely benefit many seniors, as the MayoClinic.com reports that one in eight people over the age of 65 have Alzheimer's, and that by 2050, the condition is expected to afflict between 11 and 16 million Americans.