Models of care for seniors need to change
Thanks to the Jewish Healthcare Foundation for its support for the aging population of Pittsburgh as described by Karen Wolk Feinstein (“Seniors matter to us … now more than ever,” Sept. 16). The programs and support offered by The New Riverview Apartments, Weinberg Village, Weinberg Terrace and AHAVA have most certainly made the last years of many Pittsburghers of all faiths more secure, protected and meaningful. It is also most unfortunate that these offerings, with the exception of The New Riverview Apartments, are financially out of reach of most Pittsburgh seniors. The closing of Charles Morris Skilled Nursing facility was both a blessing and a shame. That the Skilled Nursing Facility closed without the culture of care there ever having achieved the level which should have been the standard for all such facilities continues to be a tragic episode in the history of the Jewish Association on Aging and JHF. Models of care for seniors need to change around the nation. Let’s hope that Pittsburgh’s Jewish community, JHF and the JAA will some day lead the way in this effort in reality and practice as well as in garnered awards.
Daniel Leger, RN