We’ve built it, but help isn’t coming fast enough
In the movie “Field of Dreams,” Karin Kinsella assures her father, Ray, that “people will come” to his farm’s baseball field as he faces foreclosure.
Those of us who are long-term care advocates have been saying the same thing for years about the demographic demand for long-term care. We have implored policymakers to look ahead, as nursing homes struggle and close, because our aging society will need all the care options available.
As the U.S. Census reported in 2020, the 65-and-older population grew by 34.2% in the prior decade. While policymakers very understandably focus on K-12 education, the under-18 population declined over that same period. Yet consider how very little you ever hear, comparatively, from policymakers about senior care needs.