State Senator Jeff Brandes (St. Petersburg) visited Largo resident Glenda Turley on November 25 to learn about the merits and value of home health care. Turley, who receives state-funded personal care services from BAYADA Home Health Care three days a week, opened her home to Brandes to advocate for Floridians, like her, receiving high-quality, cost-effective care in the home.
“She’s my legs,” Turley said, referring to her certified nursing assistant Morgan Henson, who provides 10 hours of care per week.
Turley is dependent on insulin for her diabetes, and suffers from chronic pain syndrome, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and has a history of falls. “Morgan bathes me, clothes me, helps me get up and move around. I depend on her being here,” she added.
Turley receives services under a Medicaid waiver program for Floridians who would otherwise require institutional placement, which would come with a much a higher price tag than a few hours a week of home care services.
“In many cases, keeping a patient in their own home is best for the patient and, because of its cost-effectiveness, best for Floridians,” stated Brandes. “We need to protect these services that provide high-quality care to those who are in need within our community.”
Brandes has been serving Floridians in the state legislature since 2010 and is currently serving his first term in the Senate. Among other committees, he sits on the Health Policy Committee and the Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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