PIERRE, S.D. – The task force charged with developing recommendations for meeting the care needs of South Dakota’s seniors submitted their final report to Gov. Mike Rounds and members of the South Dakota legislature today. Formed by the Department of Social Services, the task force considered the current state of care in South Dakota and how services will need to change in the future.
“The elderly population in South Dakota is projected to double over the next 15 years, requiring increased and different services than are provided today,” said Deb Bowman, Secretary of the Department of Social Services. “I believe the task force’s recommendations provide a good road map to meeting the changing needs.”
The task force was created in response to a state-wide study evaluating South Dakota’s current long-term care system. House Bill 1156 directed the Department of Social Services to conduct the study, which highlighted key issues. Concerns included the state’s rapidly aging population and a mismatch between areas with access to services and areas where the elderly population is expected to grow, among others.
The task force included a mix of advocates, legislators, representatives from state agencies and providers from the long-term care industry, including nutrition providers, home health and home maker service providers, and nursing home and assisted living providers.
Representatives from the task force will host three informational sessions to share their recommendations with the public. Members of the media are also invited to attend presentations in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, or via Dakota Digital Network (DDN) to locations in Aberdeen, Brookings, Chamberlain, Hot Springs, Huron, Madison, Mitchell, Mobridge, Pierre, Spearfish, Vermillion, Watertown and Yankton.
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Contact Communications Director Tarah Jahnig at 605-773-3165 for more information.