North Carolina Senior Tar Heel
2014 Legislative Priorities
- Funding for HCCBG. STHL shall urge the NC General
Assembly to appropriate additional recurring funds of at least $7
million to meet the needs of the rapidly growing older adult population
and the coming tsunami of baby boomers over the next 20+ years.
Maintain funding for senior centers.: Senior centers
provide programs and services that enhance the health and wellness
of older adults and support their efforts to remain independent. The
160 senior centers currently in operation or under development serve
96 counties. Maintaining funding would enable those senior centers
to continue their services to meet the needs of a growing population
of older adults.
Restore Funding to Sustain Project C.A.R.E.: Hailed
as innovative and cost effective, Project C.A.R.E. (Caregiver Alternatives
to Running on Empty) was designed and tested in North Carolina. It
has become a national best practice model for providing respite services
to family members who are caring at home for a relative with Alzheimers
Disease or related dementia. The number of North Carolinians afflicted
with these dementias, now approximately 170,000, will continue to
rise. When families are helped to keep loved ones at home longer,
less time may be required for any institutional care. Resulting savings
in public funds are substantial. We recommend that sufficient recurring
funds be provided to extend Project C.A.R.E. to all 100 counties by
July 1, 2015 or as soon thereafter as practicable.
Ratio of CNAs to Residents in Nursing Homes. In
a nursing home, the quality of care each resident receives is largely
dependent upon the one-on-one care provided by CNAs. Studies have
shown that facilities with a higher CNA staffing ratio have fewer
health care deficiencies, lower hospitalization rates and fewer government
citied deficiencies. The health and safety of residents is compromised
when the facility is understaffed. Residents are at a higher risk
of receiving poor care and being victims of abuse when the staff is
unable to respond adequately to patient needs. We urge the General
Assembly to mandate an increase in the Standardized HPPD (hours per
patient daily) thereby requiring a higher CNA staffing ratio be established
to ensure a better quality of care for residents in Nursing Homes.
Strengthen and fund North Carolina’s Adult Protective Services
Program. The Adult Protective Services (APS) program must
be strengthened and funded to respond to North Carolina’s rapidly
growing aging population. We recommend that the General Assembly appropriate
funds to assess proposed changes to the APS statutes. This should
include the implementation of the Vulnerable Adult Protection System
(VAPS) for the state and re-instate $2 million in the state budget
to meet the growing need for Adult Protective Services in North Carolina.
- The age 60+ population is projected to grow by 57% by 2030 when
the youngest baby boomer will be age 66
- We are rapidly falling behind providing needed services given
the stagnant current funding levels.
- Home and Community based services support services that help impaired
older adults stay in their homes longer where they are happiest,
and at less public cost.
- There are approximately 16,000 people currently on the waiting
list for Home and Community Care Block Grant services.
The North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature was created by the North
Carolina General Assembly with the passage of Senate Bill 479 in July
The Senior Tar Heel Legislature was created to:
- Provide information to senior citizens on the legislative process
and matters being considered by the North Carolina General Assembly.
- Promote citizen involvement and advocacy concerning aging issues
before the North Carolina General Assembly.
- Assess the legislative needs of older citizens by convening a forum
modeled after the North Carolina General Assembly.
Each of the 100 North Carolina counties is entitled to one delegate
to the Senior Tar Heel Legislature. Most counties also have an alternate
delegate. Delegates and alternates must be age 60 or older. The North
Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services provide staff support
for the Senior Tar Heel Legislature in cooperation with the 16 Area
Agencies on Aging, which are responsible for conducting the selection
of delegates and alternates.
Mary Edwards of the Division of Aging and Adult Services is the principal
staff aide and can be contacted at Mary.Edwards@dhhs.nc.gov.
For more information about the North Carolina Senior Tar Heel
Legislature, please contact your county’s Delegate or Alternate or the
||Speaker Pro Tempore
197 Hutcheson Drive
Henrico, NC 27845
|Dr. Althea Taylor-Jones
1469 Country Meadow Lane
Kernersville, NC 27284
|Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore
574 Rhodestown Road
Jacksonville, NC 28540
|George E. Smith
137 Trillium Way
Clayton, NC 27527
November 4, 2013
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Adult Protective Services
Home and Community
Care Block Grant