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Advocate now because if You Live Long enough You Might Need Care

A nurse in a mask holds a phone for resident
Photo by Georg Arthur Pflueger on Unsplash

I visited a beloved octogenarian during her fourth hospital stay within two months, the last three for broken limbs in one of the 15,600 nursing homes in the United States. Rules designed to protect all residents can impede the best care for someone.

As my friend clutched my hand from pain, I wondered how care for this vulnerable population could be…

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