Monday, May 07, 2012

LA Times on Clustering of Group Homes/Care Homes

See this interesting article.  An excerpt:
A Times analysis found 24 licensed facilities offering residential care for the elderly within a mile of the proposed project and three more waiting for state approval. It is one of several such clusters that have emerged in Los Angeles County — including parts of the San Fernando Valley and South Bay — where families can afford fees that run into thousands of dollars per month. Large swaths of the county's less affluent areas have no such facilities.
This is an incredibly important, extremely difficult issue.  As the article notes, community opposition can make it difficult to operate the community-based programs that enable people with disabilities to leave or avoid entering nursing homes.  On the other hand, the kind of clustering described in the article makes these settings less truly integrated in the community.

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