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AARP calls for more staff, better pay for Iowans who work in nursing homes

Des Moines, IA – A-A-R-P state director Brad Anderson says the pandemic should prompt public officials to rethink policies that impact older Iowans.

Anderson says home-based care is a better model for older Iowans.

By 2030, the number of Iowans over the age of 85 is projected to grow by 36 percent. Anderson says now is the time to start talking about caring for a growing number of elderly Iowans and that includes their mental as well as physical health.

According to state records, nearly 22-hundred Iowa nursing home residents have died of Covid. State officials say all those who live or work in an Iowa nursing home who wanted a Covid shot have gotten one. The Iowa Department of Public Health reports there are 141 current Covid cases among nursing home residents and employees.

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