Changes in Tennessee’s Elder Care Policy
For Governing Magazine
Her son and daughter-in law, who both work full-time, were concerned about Delores' declining health and loss of mobility, but felt they had no choice but to place their mother into a long term care environment. They couldn't afford daily in-home care, and she needed the constant supervision and medical assistance that a long-term facility could provide. But recent changes in Tennessee's elderly care policy have allowed eligible families to receive the assistance of an in-home caregiver. Delores was able to return home to her family, and in the three months since, she has flourished. With help from her caregiver she can now walk around the property and do moderate exercises. But above all, she is able to spend more time with her son, daughter-in-law, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.