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  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-
                                       term care is really a thorny
                                       issue—particularly the financing
                                       side of it. As Medicaid, Medicare
                                                                                                                                                                              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.
                                                                                                                                    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
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