In a guest piece in The Herald News by Alan Silvia, a Massachusetts state representative, the potential benefits of an increase in home health care are explored. According to the the article, the costs per day of home health care in comparison to care in a hospital differ greatly, with a single day of hospital care coming in at slightly over 10 times the $137.00 per day average in home cost of healthcare. With an aging population that is going to test the limits of social security and medicare programs, the question of how to effectively treat those who need care while not drying up Government funding. The solution, as proposed by Mr. Silvia, is to increase the amount of elder care that takes place in the home as both a preventative measure to keep the elderly out of hospitals and save Medicare millions in treatments that would otherwise be subjected to the inflated costs of treatment in hospitals. Home health care has the twofold

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