Vermont hospitals stuck caring for patients who can’t get into nursing homes, costing millions
In Vermont, 13,000 people 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2025, that number is expected to increase by 31%.
Caring for someone who has trouble thinking and remembering is difficult.
When family members become overwhelmed, many turn to skilled nursing facilities. But staffing shortages have severely limited the number of beds available for people with dementia and other behavioral issues, and hospitals are increasingly picking up the slack.