Letter to the Editor: Funding boost for in-home caregivers is appreciated


On behalf of the members of the Delaware Association for Home & Community Care (DAHCC) and tens of thousands of medically fragile children, adults, and seniors who rely on home care services, thank you to the Delaware legislature for investing in home care in the 2024 budget.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 1,000 Delawareans died while living away from their families in long-term care facilities, leading many in our state to recognize the value of home care. Without adequate funding for home care, agencies that provide home care services are unable to pay professional in-home caregivers a fair wage that is commensurate with the incredible and lifesaving work they do.

The legislature’s allocation of $8 million is a true act of commitment, and an investment which will meaningfully help home care agencies find and attract more compassionate and reliable caregivers, compete for an adequate share of the workforce and—most importantly—provide services to the many state residents who need this care to stay where they want to be—at home—and avoid longer-term placements in hospitals and nursing homes. 

Thank you, legislators, for the important work you are doing on behalf of the many Delawareans who need this care now and in the future.

Sue Getman

Executive Director, Delaware Association for Home & Community Care (DAHCC)


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