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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Pending Crisis in Eldercare

Ken Connor writes about the present and pending crisis in eldercare in "Abused, Neglected and Forgotten: A Call to Conscience.” He says that three factors will soon place aging Americans at even greater risk in long term care facilities. Those factors are demographic, economic, and cultural. He doesn’t paint a pretty picture, especially for us Gen Sandwichers and suggests that we’re facing a multifaceted crisis that will require a multifaceted solution. Worth reading and considering…

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The insurance and care issues are just too complicated. In the case of my mom and my sister and I taking care of her insurance as well as communicating with the nursing home....well, it has been a challenge, inspite of my sis being an RN and my background is in health insurance.

The system could implode.

We've been appalled at the important things that we found out just by accident, such as getting the financial power of attorney in place, which just happened to be mentioned by a social worker who said that it wasn't in her job description to tell clients about that.

Other things as well: mom is now in an assisted living facility that doesn't take government money. We had an assesment for a government program, but she can't get on the waiting list until she is down to $40,000. Then the waiting list is 3 years. She is 89.

Why can't they just treat all our seniors equally?

There is no provision in the assisted living for people with lactose intolerance. Wouldn't that discriminate against certain ethnic groups?

My friend is a social worker for elderly people. I asked him what happens to those people who have no family? He says that it is a nightmare for the social workers, and they basically have to go way beyond their job descriptions to get things done.

By Blogger P.S. an after-thought, at 6:56 AM  

Yes, we are all learning a lot more than we ever wanted to learn. Our generation is on a straight upward learning curve it seems. I'm sorry you're facing this. Hopefully we can all share what we know and help a little.

By Blogger Pat, at 9:57 PM  

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