Ask our State Senator and Representative to protect older Rhode Islanders against financial exploitation and also to make home care services more affordable.

A statewide survey that we conducted in January showed overwhelming support for legislation to 1) protect older Rhode Islanders against elder abuse and 2) making home care services more affordable.

There are currently bills pending before the House and Senate of the state legislature that would protect older Rhode Islanders against financial exploitation. In the Providence Journals special report last fall on elder abuse headlines read “Guardian Turns Financial Predator” and Gaming the System is Easy for Guardians.

AARP-RI is presently pursuing legislation that could prevent guardianship abuse by requiring national criminal background checks for all court appointed guardians.

In addition, we are pushing to pass legislation that would allow for Supported Decision Making which would allow people with early stage dementia to still be able to make their own decisions with a little support.

We are also advocating to keep language in the Governor’s budget that would increase the threshold for income eligibility in the Department of Elderly Affairs Home Care Service program. This would make qualifying older Rhode Islanders eligible for home care at a reduced rate that would be no more than $7.50 an hour as opposed to the $28-$30 that home care service companies charge.

All of this legislation is currently pending and we need your help. Please tell your state legislator that you want protection against financial exploitation and affordable home care services.

 

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Dear [Decision Maker],



As a member of AARP Rhode Island, with more than 132,000 members across the state, I am asking for you to support the 50-plus community by passing this legislation

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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