Proposal 4, the Keep Home Care a Safe Choice proposal, will be on the ballot today. It will restore the registry that has helped improve home care for seniors and people with disabilities by offering access to pre-screened workers and trainings for consumers and providers.
Here’s what Proposal 4 will do:
- Establish the Michigan Quality Home Care Council, which would oversee a registry that links home care recipients with pre-screened home care providers in their area;
- Require home care providers on the registry to undergo strict criminal background checks to ensure safety for seniors and people with disabilities;
- Give home care providers access to critical job training, so they can better care for seniors and persons with disabilities; and
- Save taxpayer dollars in avoided nursing home costs, since home care is significantly less expensive to taxpayers than nursing homes, according to non-partisan studies by the conservative Anderson Economic Group and the AARP.
Because home care is a cheaper and more preferred option to institutionalized care, I am joining Michigan’s leader senior and disability rights groups in voting YES on Proposal 4.
Southeast Michigan Coordinator
Michigan Consumers for Healthcare Advancement