After reading the articles entitled “Kaine announces PACE to help senior citizens” and “Quality of Life: Support of in-home care commendable,” in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Oct. 11, I would like to offer another perspective on a quote by Tina Maher, the state Olmstead coordinator.

She stated, “The longer we can postpone someone going to a nursing home, the less costly it is for the state and the better it is for the person.”

While I fully agree with the concept of supporting senior citizens for living in their homes as long as possible and believe the Programs of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) has merit, years of practice tell me she is endorsing a popular public misconception.

It is not always the least expensive option to receive care at home nor is it always in the best interest of the person. According to a recent survey conducted by Glenworth Financial, “Health care increased 13 percent nationally to $25.32 an hour” in the last year. For around the clock service, annualized this would be more than $220,000.00, a far cry from the national average for nursing home care at $70,912.00.

This letter is not meant to be negative, but the public needs a balanced perspective on the topic of care at home.

Daniel W. Farley, Ph.D.

GlenWood Park, Inc.

Princeton, WV

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