A bill that would help link families to community-based care options for the elderly has been forwarded to the Senate for further consideration.

Rep. Ray Short, R-Holladay, said his family recently encountered a need for such information when his brothers and sister placed their mother in a nursing home this summer, unbeknownst to Short. He later moved his mother to his home."I didn't know what alternatives there are for nursing homes," he said.

Under HB190, the state would spend $1 million to hire staff that would assess applicants to nursing homes to determine if they could remain in their own homes or in the homes of family members if they received in-home assistance.

Supporters of the bill argue it would be less expensive than nursing home care. The bill would require at least $1 million in funding.