Originally Posted by Gainzo
I don't see any new jobs in that bill. All I see is medicaid and local aid being slashed, not to mention privatizing prisons? Wow.
And a probable 6,000 person job loss in the nursing home industry.
I'm wondering what his plan is for "caring for the elderly at home?"
I don't know about anybody else but the Mr and I have been spending lots of time in nursing homes lately and I've really not seen one person there who would be capable of remaining "at home" without a full time care giver around - and many who would need more than one.
Most of "at home" help available to the aged is an hour or two housekeeping help 3 times a week, a visit from a nurse bi-weekly, a nurse's aide for 2 hours a day, 1 to 3 days a week, one hot meal supplied 5 days a week by Meals-on-Wheels and that's about it. And that's only if you qualify and the amount of time you can get it is limited to approximately 8 months a year.
I know these things because I've gotten them for my own mother at one time or another. There was nothing but trouble with all of them. Aides who didn't show up, aides who showed up and brought their families and their friends along, nurses who didn't communicate with the doctor or the family, meals which didn't come on time or at all, etc.
Plus, because my mother lived alone and I was out of state and my sister works full time there was no one around to help her with daily life - and, although she is fully cogent and mentally alert, she is physically unable to get out of bed by herself, to go to the bathroom alone, to bathe, answer the door, make a bowl of cereal, clean the house or take her medicine without assistance.
So, I am wondering, is my mother one of the people that the governor of Ohio would consider "capable of being cared for in the home?" And, if so, how would he expect this care to be provided? Round-the-clock nurse's aides would run somewhere around $1500.00 a week - and they don't cook or clean. You'd have to hire someone else to do those things, too. Or does he expect a relative to give up their life, quit their job, burn through their life savings, destroy their child's college savings, lose their home and their automobile and hope that the elder relative dies before those savings and that person becomes exhausted?
I'm also unsure of what the loss of 6,000 nursing home jobs in one state will do to the quality and quantity of care received in those nursing homes? The average patient in a nursing home receives approximately 2.5 hours of "nursing care" while in a nursing home as it is. Some get less, some, in the really expensive and non-Medicaid subsidized homes, get a little more. The 2.5 hours provided give a nurse about 30 minutes a day to give medications and check vitals and the nurse's aides get to give them a bath, comb their hair, dress them, sit them in a chair and, occasionally during the day, take them to the bathroom or change their diapers.
Cut those available even by 10% and there's going to be a whole lot of grandma's and grandpa's sitting in their own body fluids for hours at a time.
But hey - the governor's staff got raises. That's what's important, right?