How the government would find funds, though, was less clear.
Candidates gathered at the LB Homes Life and
Present were Sen.
A three-member panel represented by
It is a no-brainer that the state Legislature needs to fund long-term care, Ingebrigtsen said.
"We should take care of those who take care of us," he said.
However, he noted many times that funding can be a challenge for the state, just like it is for the elderly. He said state leaders need to straighten out their priorities. Instead of funding, say, commuter rail for the suburbs or renovations for the
"Setting aside money for seniors should not be a tough decision," Ingebrigtsen said.
He proposed setting an incentive for long-term care insurance, too.
Olson said it is important to protect
"Elderly care programs need to be adequately funded so that all seniors get the care they deserve," Olson said.
Nornes said the Legislature needs to encourage more people to go into elder care with programs such as loan forgiveness. Nornes chairs the
"Student debt is one of the biggest challenges after they graduate," Nornes said.
He spoke of a 5 percent raise for senior care workers and noted it was Speaker
Nornes said upgrades at
He said funding of infrastructure of senior care facilities is an issue that continues at the Legislature. He said his district has many first-class facilities.
Holl, an owner of several Subway restaurants, said he employs 74 people and understands the challenges of staffing. He said it is critical to allocate dollars for long-term care and to encourage people to stay in their communities, rather than seek opportunities elsewhere.
He noted he had served on the board for the
In addition to difficulty finding staff, colleges with fields teaching for senior care needs have troubles finding instructors, too, Holl said.
"The facilities serving our elderly shouldn't be more elderly than the people they serve," Holl said.
He cited the state demographer in saying
"We need to invest so our elderly can stay in their homes longer," he said.
Kulp said she has a son born with severe brain damage and understands the challenges of care. She said she was told the boy should be institutionalized because he would never walk and talk. He never did walk or talk, but they demanded to bring him home because, she said, he needed a family. She said she is a big proponent of telehealth measures, which use technology to connect care facilities with homes.
She called upon the need for access to broadband in
All candidates agreed the Elderly Waiver program needs to be reformed. It is a federal
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