Assembly Passes Lifton Legislation to Better Protect Long-Term Care Recipients

May 29, 2008

A bill authored by Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF-Tompkins/Cortland) instructing the director of the Office for the Aging to establish a training program for long-term care workers has passed the Assembly (A.10465).

“This training program will greatly enhance the quality of services provided to New York’s seniors. Improved education and training for social service employees and other providers of long-term care will help them to better provide patients with the quality care they deserve,” Lifton said.

Assemblywoman Lifton said according to the 2000 U.S. Census, there are about 6,056 residents in Cortland County age 65 and above and 9,257 in Tompkins. Some older adults may need supportive services including recreation, income assistance, transportation and preventive care. Many of these seniors could also face long-term chronic health problems that require home health care, supportive housing and institutional care.

The program outlined in Lifton’s bill will focus on areas across New York State that have a higher than average growth in the elder population; significant problems with retention and recruitment of long-term care workers; and colleges and universities with an institute on gerontology, which would help in implementing a long-term care worker training program.

Assemblywoman Lifton has a long record of fighting for improved senior health care. Just this month she successfully fought to keep the Lakeside Nursing Home open despite the Berger Commission’s recommendation to close the facility.

“The health and well-being of our parents, grandparents and neighbors should not be compromised due to lack of training and education resources. This program will ensure that seniors receive quality long-term care for years to come,” Lifton said.