WHY WA CARES?
THE CURRENT SITUATION
Long-term care is expensive, it is not covered by Medicare and most of us will not have the savings to pay for it. Seven in 10 of us will need long-term care during our lifetimes, and most older adults today end up relying on family members to care for them or impoverishing themselves to qualify for Medicaid.
My mother is in her 80s and keeps falling at home. Now she’s broken her arm. She lives alone and there is no family in town to help.
I don’t want to be a burden to my adult children, they have their own kids to care for. But I’m having trouble getting in and out of the tub and I’m afraid I’m going to fall.
I’m afraid my dad’s dementia is getting worse. He put plastic ware on the stove and nearly burned down his kitchen. He refuses to move to a facility or hire help.
My dad could really use medication reminders to keep on top of his insulin doses before he ends up in a crisis, and nutritious meal delivery to keep his blood pressure low.
As many of us watch our parents and grandparents age, we start to wonder, “who will take care of me when I get older and how will I afford it?” The WA Cares Fund will give us choices about how we want to receive care as we age and a way to pay for it.