In response to a recent letter attacking state Sen. John Lovick and state Rep. April Berg, I urge our community to support legislators who championed the WA Cares Act. I’m proud of our elected leaders that created the WA Cares Fund, the first-in-the-nation lifeline for folks who need, but cannot access or afford long-term care.
As a caregiver for over 20 years, I can tell you, that if you live long enough, you’re going to need help. Whether you have an accident, injury, disease or just the normal setbacks that come with aging, we’re all going to find ourselves needing help with basic tasks like meal preparation, getting around, dressing and bathing at some point in our lives.
Most of us are not wealthy enough to afford to pay for home modifications and home care aides nor are we at the poverty level required to be eligible for Medicaid. Those of us with pre-existing conditions would likely be ineligible for private long term care insurance. We fall into a gap.
But WA Cares Fund has built a bridge over that gap, providing flexible funds that we can use for home care aides or even pay a family member to care for us. We can use the fund to make home modifications like a walk-in shower, grab bars or ramps that will help us stay in our own home.