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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | May 13, 2008

This is National Nursing Home Week, and what a great time to celebrate the advances that have been made in long-term care in Emmet County and nationwide.

It wasn’t that many years ago that nursing homes were considered a secondary option to caring for elderly parents in the home. That was back when we lived in extended families, an aspect of our agrarian culture.

However, today long-term care is the preferred option for our mature citizens.

Many things have changed about long-term care over the years, however.

One is that people don’t spend as much time in long-term care as they used to. More people are taking advantage of in-home health care or assisted living, decreasing the time they spend in long-term care.

Long-term care is also much better. There are vibrant, rich, rewarding activities that keep the mind and body young. Just look at some of the activities going on this week at the Estherville Good Samaritan Society and Rosewood Manor and you’ll see what we mean.

Long-term care facilities have opened their doors wide open to the public. School children are free to come and read or sing to residents, and both they and the residents are all the richer for it.

Residents also receive more assistance in making the transition to long-term care than they did before. With a plethora of experts available, the transition to long-term care is easier than ever.

This week, visit a relative in long-term care. If you don’t have a relative in one of our area nursing homes, just drop by for a visit. There are plenty of nice people there just itching for a visit. They have some great stories to tell and wisdom to share.

There might be a new friend waiting there for you.