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Joint Committee on Elder Affairs

An Act relative to training of elder services workers in dementia and Alzheimer’s

This legislation would require elder protective service caseworkers to have training specifically focused on recognizing the signs and symptoms of cognitive impairments, including Alzheimer’s disease, and understanding how cognitive impairment may affect screening, investigation, and service planning.

An Act increasing the personal needs allowance for residents of long term care facilities

The Personal Needs Allowance (PNA) pays for expenses not covered by Medicaid for nursing/rest home residents.  This money helps residents pay for clothing, shoes and other personal needs which help them maintain their dignity and well-being.  Currently, the PNA is subject to reduction in the budget (4000-0600) each year, therefore, putting these residents’ financial security at risk; the legislation would sets a floor for the PNA base at $100/month and include an annual COLA provision.

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