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Save money on senior care

My 93-year-old mother has been on a waitlist for assisted living since late July of last year.

Since February (of this year), she has been in and out of hospital at a low estimated cost in excess of $200,000 (not all avoidable but most).

She has now been in hospital for more than two months, taking up a bed at a cost of around $1,500 per day. Assisted living is about $4,000 per month.

(In the hospital) there are people in the hallways of her floor. If she was given a place in assisted living (she does not require a lot of personal care at this point, but enough that she cannot go back to the yo-yo of independent living with home care visits, the government could have saved a minimum of $160,000.

She is rotting away in that hospital bed. How many others are there like her?

When is this going to stop?

Ellen Voth



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