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Relief and confusion as COVID-19 vaccines reach nursing homes

Dec 23, 2020
The vaccine rollout will be a heavy lift for many homes that have been dealing with outbreaks, equipment shortages and labor challenges.
An 88-year-old nursing home resident in Florida prepares to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech  vaccine.
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Pharmacy chains will lead vaccine delivery to seniors in long-term care

Dec 16, 2020
Many of the companies already work with those facilities to supply drugs and provide flu shots for residents.
A man holds his wife's hands through the wall of a plastic "hug tent" outside a Colorado nursing facility. Elderly people in long-term care are prioritized for COVID-19 vaccination.
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Treasury report on paying for long-term care offers few solutions for families

It only calls for modest tweaks to the private long-term care insurance market.
About half of Americans turning 65 these days will need some kind of long-term care and support services before they die.
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Maine voters will decide on a universal home care initiative for seniors funded by a tax on higher income earners

Nov 1, 2018
As the U.S. population over age 65 grows, so will demand for long-term care. Maine voters will consider a possible solution at the ballot box on Nov. 6: universal home care. But should it be paid for by taxing high income earners?
Jessica Browne prepares a plate of French toast for her mom, who works on a puzzle in their kitchen.
 
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Japan's long-term care dilemma: Immigrants or robots?

Mar 8, 2016
With more young people in the workforce, who will take care of an aging population?
Is this the future of senior care? Japan thinks it may be. 
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