Home or Nursing Home: Regulations and housing shortage for disabled cost Colorado
The I-News Network analyzed state and federal records, and found that thousands of disabled Coloradans could live independently – and less expensively – if tax dollars were spent on home care instead of nursing homes. We also found that one in five Colorado nursing home residents wants to do just that. For many places in Colorado, we were able to tell citizens exactly how many people in their community were affected.
NPR told them that a growing body of law and federal policy says when a person gets government funds for care, they have the civil right to receive that care at home instead of a facility. I-News told them the independent living movement for disabled Americans got its start right here in Colorado three decades ago. And we introduced them to a Coloradan who was there when the movement began.
NPR told them that there were problems nationally with federal enforcement of the law that gives disabled people the right to receive care at home. I-News told Coloradans that the state had just been named in a civil rights complaint, saying regulations here made it harder to get out of a nursing home than to get in. And we told each community exactly how much housing the state said was available for disabled citizens locally.
This is exactly the kind of broad context and deep local detail we were hoping for when we launched I-News at the start of this year. We’re looking forward to building on these collaborations in 2011.