2016 Progress Report – Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina
IMPH has released the first Progress Report presenting a status update on recommendations from June 2015’s Long-Term Care Taskforce report “Creating Direction: A Guide to Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina.” Following the release of the report, IMPH formed an Implementation Leadership Council of key stakeholders to prioritize the recommendations and guide implementation. This Progress Report outlines advances towards meeting the prioritized recommendations. The progress made reflects the work of many partners in improving long-term services and supports in South Carolina.
Nationwide, 10,000 people a day are turning 65. That demographic trend began in 2011 and will continue through 2029 as the Baby Boom generation fully reaches retirement. With many older adults living in or moving to South Carolina, our state’s population will continue to outpace much of the country in the growing number of older adults. The scope of that population shift will require a long-term care system that is far more robust than the current continuum, and achieving that will require both creative thinking and direction.
The priority recommendations reflect a growing need to prepare the state for an increased demand on the system, supporting a preference for individual choices for the growing number of older adults and people living with disabilities. We must continue to foster efficiency in public programs across the many state agencies providing services; and we must recognize the importance of the need for public/private partnerships to address the increased need of long-term services and supports. We must also support the 770,000 family caregivers and work to protect the most vulnerable among us from abuse and exploitation.
Selected Media Coverage
AARP study recommends changes in handling SC vulnerable adults (The Greenville News, November 14, 2016.)