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Letters OCTOBER 2008 • VOL. 29, NO. 10 • www.mcknights.com future. Take Indiana, for example. Its equal efforts of ensuring a broad range Family ties Sen. Blanche Lincoln brings a special touch turnover rate for direct care workers in of services and the ability for providers Letters to Congress PAGE 82 long-term care is approaching 100% to attract and retain caregivers. Now is McKnight’s welcomes New plans for LTC? Study backs per year. On average, they earn 60% of the time to address these issues—by private firms your letters They’re not saying BY JAMES M. BERKLAN Quality of care is not necessar- ily a casualty when private-equi- the median national wage and are ensuring that any healthcare reform ty firms purchase nursing home Robert G. Kramer, NIC president BY LIZA BERGER When you think about it, long- chains, Harvard Medical School researchers conclude in a new injured on the job four times more plan includes long-term care as a criti- Occupancy term care is really a thorny issue—particularly the financing side of it. As Medicaid, Medicare report. Although not intended to create a shield for big-money Please send them to: holds steady and Social Security resources dwindle, and more people grow older and live longer, figuring investors, the report nonetheless takes some of the edge off a crit- ical New York Times analysis often than other health workers. And cal need. firstname.lastname@example.org BY JAMES M. BERKLAN Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Newscom.com The average skilled nursing out how to pay for eldercare is a that sparked an outcry last fall. fewer than half are offered employee- occupancy rate held at 90.1% monumental challenge. The newspaper story resulted in for the second quarter of 2008, Perhaps that is why presiden- congressional hearings and calls compared with 90.7% for the tial finalists Sens. John McCain for stricter monitoring and regu- first quarter of 2007. (R-AZ) and Barack Obama (D- lation of nursing home owners. Meanwhile, the assisted living occupancy rate skidded from a peak of 91.5% to 89.8% over the same time span, and inde- IL) have been dodging the topic o
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