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Play Button  Three Things - Andrew Muhl with AARP Louisiana indicates the three things that bringing seniors on Medicaid under a managed care system achieves.
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04/18 - Balancing Eldercare

How much does Louisiana spend on nursing homes versus home and community-based care?

Nationally, there is a shift towards providing care for the elderly at home and through community-based services rather than at institutions. But analysts say that Louisiana has a bias towards nursing home enrollment both in policies and funding. A series of bills being proposed this legislative session would address what some consider an imbalance in how the state supports care for its aged population.

So, how much does Louisiana spend on nursing homes versus home and community-based care? Is the demand for institutional care rising or on the decline? And what options are available to provide the funding and the care that the state’s older residents desire? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Balancing Eldercare” Wednesday, April 25 at 7 pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, April 24.)

Our panelists are
· Jeanne Abadie, The Advocacy Center
· Mark Berger, Louisiana Nursing Home Association
· Hugh Eley, Former Deputy Sec. of Louisiana Dept. of Health
· Senator Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana president, Robert Travis Scott, moderate the discussion.

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We want to know your opinion! Leave your comments in the box below.


BR Advocate just had a strong article about the choke hold the Nursing Home lobby has on ou LA legislatures, specifically the Senate Finance Bill 357 that will NOT make it out of committee because of the 6-2 NO vote to ALLOW elderly and disabled citizens to make their OWN CHOUCE as to where we want to LIVE in our HOME and commUNITY! Angry!

Posted by Christy Paulsel  on  03/29  at  11:14 AM

I agree that people are biased towards Nursing Homes. They have a stigma of being “the place you go to die”. What most people don’t understand is that it’s so much more than that. The elderly have an opportunity to enjoy socialization, activities (not just bingo), therapy, and around the clock care, and more. Some come for a short stay and some end up staying long term, lots of times by choice. I work in a beautiful, clean, caring, and compassionate nursing home with amazing people. Home care does not always have the same benefits.

Posted by Felicia McPherson  on  04/13  at  08:19 PM

I want to maintain my independence and privacy of aging in my home.  I have lived with my mother in an institution and it was like being a prisioner, eat, bathe, sleep, when and where you are told.

Posted by Barbara Wheat  on  04/19  at  10:17 AM

Me and my family cared for my grandmother.  She wanted to stay in her home but unfortunately she had no other choice but to wait for a waiver. 

We all pitched in and cared for her as long as we could but ultimately she had to go into a nursing home because we just didn’t have the ability to do it, with our jobs and everything.

She could have been cared for and stayed in her home which is what she wanted, if there were options available to her.  I wish our legislators (AND GOVERNOR!!) could do more to help this situation.

Posted by George Chambers  on  04/19  at  10:47 AM

I want to have options as to where I live as I age.  The more independent I can remain the better.  I prefer home health care if needed as I age.  I may have to to go to a nursing home, but I want that to be my final and last option.  Remaining home with some assisted is ideal.

Posted by Martha Hays  on  04/19  at  11:11 AM

Seniors and families should have options. I was fortunate enough to be engaged in my 99 year old grandmothers care, which took place in her home that my grandfather built, until she absolutely had to be in a nursing home. We were also able to do this with an aunt with developmental delays, and currently I regularly support the maternal side of my family with my other grandmother’s in home care. Having this option and resources for aging in place should be a standard, not just only found in West Virginia or Georgia. My dad lives in Carencro and when the time comes I want to be able to give him options in his care and know that in-home support is available to our family.

Posted by Lani Gholston  on  04/20  at  09:22 AM

I simply do not understand the reluctance on the part of the Governor and legislature to accommodate the needs of their constituents. Yes, there is a need for nursing homes, but also a need and desire for in-home care.  We seniors and our families only want to be able to choose the option that best suits our situation.  And the fact that providing this option would cost government less makes it such a no-brainer.

Posted by Pam Sherburne  on  04/23  at  07:55 PM
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     04/18 - Balancing Eldercare

How much does Louisiana spend on nursing homes versus home and community-based care?
Nationally, there is a shift towards providing care for the elderly at home and through community-based services rather than at institutions. But analysts say that Louisiana has a bias towards nursing home enrollment both in policies and funding. A series of bills being proposed this legislative session would address what some consider an imbalance in how the state supports care for its aged population.

So, how much does Louisiana spend on nursing homes versus home and community-based care? Is the demand for institutional care rising or on the decline? And what options are available to provide the funding and the care that the state’s older residents desire? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Balancing Eldercare” Wednesday, April 25 at 7 pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, April 24.)

Our panelists are
· Jeanne Abadie, The Advocacy Center
· Mark Berger, Louisiana Nursing Home Association
· Hugh Eley, Former Deputy Sec. of Louisiana Dept. of Health
· Senator Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana president, Robert Travis Scott, moderate the discussion.
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