'Caregiver Day' rally hopes to get more help for seniors

'Caregiver Day' rally hopes to get more help for seniors

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A rally was held at the Capitol Tuesday aimed at getting those who care for the elderly more help.

About 30 seniors, lawmakers and AARP volunteers gathered on the steps for the first ever "Caregiver Day."

The group supports the idea of seniors living at home as long as they can with the help of a family caretaker. This session, they're asking lawmakers for greater access to home and community based services.

"Right now, a proposal is sitting on the governor's desk that will protect your choice to live independently at home in your community," Andrew Muhl, Advocacy Director with AARP Louisiana. "It is critical that all services, from nursing homes to home care, are included in Bayou Choices to improve quality of healthcare for seniors."

AARP says the state spends just 37 percent of its Medicaid budget to help seniors live at home.

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