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Open Forum: The cost of nursing homes
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

The cost of keeping an individual in a nursing home is more than $5,000 a month. Perhaps we should consider closing the nursing homes just as we closed the state hospitals for the mentally ill.

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By closing the state hospitals the state is not responsible fiscally for the clients. They are shifting costs to communities. Besides saving money they are not responsible for outcomes as related to the mentally ill. I want to call it the Pawlenty principle. Shift costs of whatever you can back to the local communities who are then responsible for the costs/outcomes. We know what happens to property taxes when costs are shifted from the state to local communities.

If we close programs that support the elderly who can no longer pay for their care the state will save money. If you are one of those citizens that think that the state is overburdened caring for those who cannot care for themselves I suggest you consider that one day you may be an elderly individual that will not have $5,000 a month income to pay for your care. I am very grateful that Minnesota and the federal government is helping my mother who is 104 going on 105. She has spent all of her money over her lifetime, a widow raising three children alone. I took care of her for 10 years until last year when I could no longer care for her in my home. I was forced in great sadness to move her to a long-term care facility. If you want to live in a state/country that cares about those who cannot care for themselves, you will have to pay taxes and fees to support that state/country. I am grateful that I can help others with my tax dollars.

Nancy Galatowitsch

Merrifield

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