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Hearthside Home Care Urges Advocates to Object to the Institutional Bias of the NC Budget that will Deny Thousands Home Care
Date:6/17/2010

Hearthside Home Care learned yesterday that designated N.C. General Assembly members agreed in conference to follow the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ proposal to eliminate in-home personal care services (“PCS”) for over 22,000 elderly and disabled individuals in North Carolina.

(PRWEB) June 17, 2010 -- Yesterday, designated N.C. General Assembly members agreed in conference to follow the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ proposal to eliminate in-home personal care services (“PCS”) for over 22,000 elderly and disabled individuals in North Carolina. PCS is a Medicaid benefit for low-income people who have disabilities related to strokes, congestive heart failure, and other conditions. Hearthside Home Care, located in Greensboro, NC, is a member of the Association for Home and Hospice Care of NC, which represents over 700 members statewide, in all 100 counties. Hearthside Home Care is located in Guilford County.

These individuals require hands-on assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, mobility, and toileting in order to remain in their own homes. Medicaid is funded by the federal and North Carolina governments.

Without PCS, many individuals will be forced out of their homes. Instead, the elderly and disabled will wind up in rest homes and other facilities so that they can receive the services they need. Ironically, those moving into rest homes will be able to receive Medicaid-funded hands-on assistance with personal care needs—no matter their level of need. For individuals that try to remain at home, their conditions will deteriorate. Adult protective service referrals will increase. Acute hospitalizations and expensive emergency room visits will spike, costing taxpayers significantly more than the
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