Bill Would Give Seniors More Housing Options

Laramie, WY – A legislative committee is sponsoring a bill in session that begins next month to allow more Wyoming senior citizens to stay in their own homes. The Joint Interim Committee on Labor, Health and Social Services is sponsoring a bill to expand existing programs to allow elderly state residents to stay out of nursing homes. The bill also would set up pilot projects for adult foster care and other programs. The bill would allocate about 2 million dollars to expand state programs through June 2008. Senator Charles Scott is a Republican from Casper and serves as co-chairman of the committee. He says the bill is intended to give elderly Wyoming citizens a range of options as alternatives to nursing home care. Tim Summers of the Wyoming chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons says the timing of the bill is appropriate. He says the Baby Boomer generation is approaching retirement age and says that they will expect choices in long-term care.