2018-10-11 / Election News

Helping Rhode Islanders Make Informed Choices


To the Editor:

Legislation was adopted through the Rhode Island 2019 state budget that established the Rhode Island Aging and Disability Resource Center within the Department of Human Services of Elderly Affairs.

The resource center will assist older Rhode Islanders and their families in making informed choices about choosing long-term care services and support options and streamline access to long-term support for older adults, persons with disabilities, family caregivers and providers. The budget language calls for the center to provide a toll-free information number, comprehensive database of information on available public and private long-term support and service programs, and counseling to assist individuals in crafting long-term care plans for themselves and family members.

Families and caregivers can be overwhelmed when faced with the need to find long-term care for a loved one who needs more care than can be provided by family members. On top of the emotional toll that these decisions take, the expense is tremendous and very difficult to navigate the maze of public and private options for funding it. A center that can advise people on their options and the best ways they can pay for them will help families get the care their loved ones need using all the available funding sources.

Rep. Lauren Carson (D-Newport) was the sponsor of H7172, which was placed into budget and established this important resource. Newport County has a growing senior population and this center will be a great resource to our seniors and their families. It is expected to be online in about two years.

Ruth Barge Thumbtzen
Newport, NDCC Ward 3

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