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January 21, 2015 at 6:05 AM

Elderly care: Nonprofits have proved success

The article on Seattle firms’ development of senior housing in China [“Seattle firms export expertise on senior housing to China,” Business, Jan. 10] indicates that Chinese policymakers are depending on their expertise in building its long-term care (LTC) system.

The question is what kind of system will give elderly Chinese and their families the best, most cost effective care? Should the Chinese depend on for-profit firms or look to a nonprofit, more community-based, ethic-of-care governed system of care?

Our own experience in Washington would indicate that the nonprofit model would work best for China’s rapidly growing population of elderly people. Unlike other states, Washington has created a very cost-effective publicly funded LTC system by relying on nonprofit organizations like Area Agencies on Aging and many service providers for the last 25 years.

Washington has been able to serve many more elderly and impaired younger persons in the community than most other states that are more dependent on for-profit providers, especially nursing-home corporations. The Chinese would be best served by drawing on the expertise of this nonprofit aging network

Baozhen Luo, Belligham

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