As a journalist, Alex Spanko sees the eldercare space from a different perspective.
He contends rather than the usual discussions that involve
looking at it from an either or, black or white perspective, there is nuance which warrants consideration. in his February 2021 article in Skilled Nursing News: Everyone is Right About What's Wrong With Nursing Homes squarely addresses this issue. It's not one segment pitted against the other that's going to create the needed change in how we care for nursing home residents: legislative/policy change, reimbursement structure, for-profit provider/lobbyists, advocacy groups. He contends this equates to heroes and villains, but this will not solve the long-standing issues that have existed in nursing homes from their inception. That is the real issue: how they were designed structurally and the mindset behind their purpose.
Now, at the one year anniversary since the beginning of COVID and the disaster that occurred in nursing homes, we can acknowledge that mistakes were made. However,
at the time politicians, CMS and hospital administration were making decisions in an unprecedented situation.
Could there have been fewer fatalities? The answer is possibly yes. Is anyone specifically to blame The reality is probably no. It's a system that clearly needs reimagining.
Alex' fresh journalist perspective lays it out clearly. You'll want to hear what he has to say.