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Does the Census Bureau's recent report on global aging growth make you nervous about LTC's future?
“Not enough people are paying attention to the oncoming financial tsunami that this one area will cause our country and the world.”
“Although the aging of the population will increase, the government is going to incentivize more community-based services such as home care and payment of family caregivers at home to cut cost. However, the current cuts in Medicaid and Medicare could cause an access problem as SNFs close and there is a shortage of beds in the long run.”
“Like past crises, society waits until it's on the front doorstep until action is taken. The oncoming crisis in LTC is another case of history repeating itself.”
Kathleen Mears' Resident Blog
Editor's note:Although Mears is now writing a monthly column for the closing pages of Long-Term Living [see page 64], fans of her weekly blog need not fear. Check her personal blogging pagehttp://www.ltlmagazine.com/MearsBlogoften for fresh updates.
We nursing home residents are usually waiting for something. We wait to get up, to get a shower, to get breakfast. And we wait for the first activity. In short, we wait all day long. In between, we do what we want or we go around the facility looking for companionship or just to see what is going on. One of the things we do hate to wait for is our medicine.