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Louisiana Public Square: “Balancing Eldercare”

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Airs Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 6 p.m. Nationally, there is a shift towards providing care for the elderly at home and through community-based services rather than at institutions. But analysts say that Louisiana has a bias towards nursing home enrollment both in policies and funding. So, how much does Louisiana spend on nursing homes versus home and community-based care? Is the demand for institutional care rising or on the decline? And what options are available to provide the funding and the care that the state’s older residents desire? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Balancing Eldercare.” 

 
Our panelists are:
• Jeanne Abadie, The Advocacy Center
• Mark Berger, Louisiana Nursing Home Association
• Hugh Eley, former Deputy Sec. of Louisiana Dept. of Health
• Senator Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria
 

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     The program includes interviews with Rebekah Allen, reporter for The Advocate; Sen. Conrad Appel, R-Metairie; Mark Berger with the Louisiana Nursing Home Association; Joe McPherson, former state senator and nursing home owner; and Andrew Muhl, Advocacy Director for AARP Louisiana.
 
     LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana president, Robert Travis Scott, moderate the discussion.