The Columbus Dispatch recently reported (7-23-10) that "not only is nursing-home care more expensive than in-home care and community-based alternatives, but most elderly people want to stay in their homes as long as possible. In Ohio, however, many are forced to give up their homes and move into nursing homes because formulas written into law at the behest of the nursing-home lobby have made seemingly endless funds available to fill the excess of nursing-home beds but have been stingy with funding for assisted living and other less-expensive care."
According to the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the state spends an average of $22,000 per year for senior citizens older than 65 or disabled, while the national average is $15,000.
More than 80 percent of Americans 45 and older say they want to stay home as long as possible. If seniors prefer staying in their homes and it is cost effective to do so, why are we directing tax dollars to the nursing home industry?
There is a song, based on words in the Book of Ecclesiastes:
|"To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose, under heaven. A time to be born, a time to die."|
We all deserve a life of dignity and dignity in death. Forcing our elders into nursing homes, when they are better off at home, is wrong. I will work to overcome the influence of lobbyists in State government.