April 19, 2023

Federal efforts to strengthen care economy fall short for senior living, advocates say

McKnight Senior Living

President Biden’s executive order on strengthening the care economy, although well-intentioned, does not offer adequate solutions for long-term care in part because it does not support assisted living settings, industry advocates said Tuesday. 

Biden signed the order Tuesday following a White House Rose Garden ceremony, saying that it directs almost every cabinet-level agency to expand access to affordable, high-quality care and provide support for professional and family caregivers.

But advocates for senior living and other aging services providers say it’s not enough.

“Today’s announcement shows that the Biden White House has been listening — but, sadly, the order does not meet the ever-growing needs of America’s older adults and families,” LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan said.

Sloan, who attended the White House speech, said the plan’s focus on home- and community-based services is too limited and must extend beyond care in the home. “It doesn’t provide support for other care settings like adult day programs, assisted living, hospice and more, on which millions of older adults and families rely,” she said.

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