Teri Koff, LCSW, CMC
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Home-Care Services for the Elderly
New York Times

Home-Care Services for the Elderly 

Published: November 19, 2006

 To the Editor:

“In the Problem May Lie a Solution” (Nov. 12) illustrated the challenge of providing long-term care to our elderly by offering alternatives that are cost-effective and allow for self-determination. Although states agree that nursing home care is more expensive than home care, the dilemma is that the elderly are forced into nursing homes because of the limited programs available to assist in the community.

Unfortunately, the public’s understanding of this problem’s magnitude usually occurs when there is a serious medical issue and it is too late to facilitate change. Our health care system is in crisis and the government must redirect policy to efficiently meet increased demands to provide accessible and safe long-term care.

Aging in place should be a viable option for caring for the needs of seniors. It is disruptive to the elderly to lose the security of their home when they are most vulnerable.

Teri Koff
New York
The writer is an elder-care specialist.

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