Letter of the Day (Dec. 29): Aid to elderly

  • Updated: December 28, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Aid that helps elderly stay in their homes doesn’t seem like the best target.

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Reading the Dec. 22 story “Aid that helps elderly to stay in home to be cut” caused me once more to wonder at the shortsighted plans the state makes. Per-resident nursing home care far outweighs home aid costs — and more important than cost, the effect of moving out of one’s home to go to a care facility can be devastating emotionally.

Rather than looking for areas to cut waste and rearrange dollars, the state’s answer is to cut a life-changing benefit. Do you know the state is willing to pay for children’s braces? While I believe this is a benefit and most recipients are very appreciative, I find it hard to accept that those dollars can’t be cut in favor of our elderly. There are probably similar nonessential benefits that could be looked at.

How we treat our elderly and the importance we place on their care says volumes about our state. Do you like what you hear?

JOANN KNIGHT, Shakopee

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