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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Wednesday, September 03, 2003
||Contact: AoA Press Office
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
term care system by:
- Developing a data management system which allows for protections
while easing the paperwork burden for clients and service providers
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.