Gov. Scott’s VA Nursing Home Funding Could Be Better Spent on Preventative Services Like Legal Aid
CLSMF’s Veterans Project Manager Christie Bhageloe, featured in an article by 90.7 WFME Public Radio, recognizes the proposed benefits to additional VA nursing homes, but points out that more money should really be dedicated to preventative services like those CLSMF offers clients which could keep them in their homes.
Bhagelow gives legal help to veterans in twelve counties and says their biggest challenges are low income and homelessness. She calls nursing homes a “last resort.”
“A good way to keep veterans out of nursing homes is to make sure they’re getting their VA pension or disability benefits because that would allow them to stay in their homes and to have financial support from the VAs.”