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June 9, 2013

Recently, I was one of nearly 550 nursing home caregivers who traveled to Harrisburg to meet with state legislators and participate in a rally calling for increased funding for the care of residents......

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Tedeaux

Jun-09-13 5:37 AM

See the other LTE from today "Euthanasia". Not to worry, the "death panels" will be along soon to make the tough decisions on life and death issues for you! All the while at great savings to the American tax payer.........right.......

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Premier

Jun-09-13 7:03 AM

The sad thing about this is how many of the elderly get dumped into these facilities and are simply forgotten by their families. When my Dad had to have rehab after major surgery years ago he was place in nice home for 6 weeks. I was there almost every evening plus weekends with him and seen hardly any of the residents families that were visiting.

I asked the staff about this and was told many residents have not had visitors in months. Since then I try to make a trip to different homes every two weeks and spend the afternoon talking to the seniors.

Let me tell you, the smiles I've received and the stories told have been some of the brightest spots in my life.

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GysgtUSMC

Jun-09-13 7:38 AM

Anyone who feels these nursing homes are suffering and not making money off of these seniors and Medicaid is sadly mistaken. If they weren't making money they wouldn't be in business. There is huge profit in the care of seniors just like in many areas of health care. They bill Medicaid unbelievable prices and they pay their care givers pennies for the extremely tough job they have. I know first hand having a father that had Alzheimer's and I witnessed what was billed. Thousands and thousands of dollars a month for a two person room that our family couldn't get more than two people in the room at a time to visit him because of space. So please don't make it out that these homes are suffering.

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CMReeder

Jun-09-13 8:05 AM

Having dealt with a nursing home facility when we had to place my Mom in one. There are good ones and then there are those not for any living creature. There are also good care providers and nurses in these facilities and some who should leave the profession.

My sister and I would always ask Mom questions about the staff and care she was getting there. We where also allowed to take Mom back home for short approved visits like over the holidays when we could be there with her 24 hours a days tending to her needs.

I hated having there but she needed 24/7 care and we could not provide it. They were good to her and we appreciated all that they did for her especailly in her final hours.

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CMReeder

Jun-09-13 8:10 AM

Premier some of the people in those facilities don't even know who they are any more. They don't recognize family or friends.

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Premier

Jun-09-13 8:32 AM

I agree Mr. Reeder but most I've talked to were in complete control of their faculties and eager for conversation. Some would take about how family had abandoned them.

Heartbreaking.

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philunderwood

Jun-09-13 9:35 AM

I can’t speak for all nursing homes, but my Brother-in-Law has been in one for some time due to loss of mobility. I spend a lot of time with him and I find it to be a great facility. This facility is non-profit and highly regulated. It certainly isn’t cheap, but the level of care and the quality of food justifies the cost by today’s standards.

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CMReeder

Jun-09-13 9:41 AM

That is what I thought at first too until I found out that some had no close family nearby.

We have to face the reality for some of us that is going to be our future. Our childrens' lives, for those who have children, are more face paced and far flung than ours were and are. We don't have large families any more unless you are someone like the Duggars. We are a society that has been slowly shutting ourselves off with out electronics.

We have found ways to prolong the life span and functionality of the human body but not the human brain. Without cognitive abilities what good is your life?

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CMReeder

Jun-09-13 9:43 AM

We are seeing more and more senior facilities incorporating independent and dependent living arrangments in one facility.

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CMReeder

Jun-09-13 9:45 AM

That should read our electronics not out electronics. Sorry about that.

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rmiller

Jun-09-13 2:23 PM

We are not a country that respects either the tiniest babe in the womb, or our senior citizens. We used to support both at one time and respect them. In some of the Asian countries, respect for the elderly is preeminent in their culture.

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Premier

Jun-09-13 8:22 PM

Apology accepted Mr. Reeder. :}

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nobud74

Jun-10-13 8:20 AM

Sorry Blake, but my mother is in a nursing home and while it is nice and they do a tremendous job--it takes a special person to do what they do--there is no way on earth it is worth nearly 10k a month. I am sure there is lots of room for cost cutting and if these places didn't make lots of money they wouldn't keep building them. Cry your story to people who haven't been/are there.

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CMReeder

Jun-10-13 11:57 AM

Almost every lobbyist is a former politician. Think tanks for politics amd economics and development also hire former politicisans. Consulting firms hire former politicians. Businesses hire former politicians on their boards. The list is endless of positions offered to former politicians.

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