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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
Wednesday, September 03, 2003 Contact: AoA Press Office
(202) 401-4541

The Administration On Aging Awards $980,500 To Iowa Department Of Elder Affairs

The Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded $980,584 to the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs (IDEA) to re-design and simplify the service infrastructure serving Iowa’s older citizens. The state of Iowa is providing matching funds that bring the total approved budget for this grant to $1.3 million. The project will help ensure that older persons and their family members can more easily navigate the long term care system by:

  • Developing a data management system which allows for protections of confidentiality while easing the paperwork burden for clients and service providers
  • Researching and developing a system for “resource flexibility” within the context of current programs, eligibility criteria, and compliance standards.

Extensive input is being received from service providers and current older clients to assure an appropriate redesign of the system is responsive to their needs. The new service infrastructure, currently being tested in locations throughout Iowa, is projected to be implemented across the state in fiscal year 2004.

The Administration on Aging is working to increase the number and quality of choices available to older persons and their caregivers to meet their long term care needs. This includes the integration of health and social supports to provide a comprehensive array of community-based long term care service options. This also involves providing older persons and their caregivers easy access to information on the entire range of available service options, and assistance in making informed long term care choices.

“With the support of our national aging network, other federal agencies and private sector organizations, we can work to ensure that all older Americans have the opportunity to live independently and with dignity in their own homes and communities for as long as possible,” Assistant Secretary for Aging Josefina G. Carbonell said.