For the first time, both major political parties have explicitly recognized in their platforms the need for community-based long-term care. While the Democratic and Republican platforms included few specific recommendations, the fact that they acknowledged the importance of personal assistance and social supports for older adults (and in the Democrats’ case, for younger people with disabilities) is a significant step towards future policy change.
The Democratic platform is far more expansive, addressing the importance of strong home-based services and supports for both paid aides and family caregivers. It also calls for expanded family leave, which could help some working people caring for parents or spouses. Here are the two key sections from the Democratic platform.