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MINNESOTANS GIVE NURSING HOMES HIGH MARKS

 MINNESOTANS GIVE NURSING HOMES HIGH MARKS
 ST. PAUL, Minn., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A Gallup Poll of 200


randomly selected 35+ year old Minnesotans was released today. The poll shows a majority (58 percent) of Minnesotans rate the quality of Minnesota nursing home care as moderately high and would support legislation to provide additional state funding to repair and replace existing buildings (77 percent).
 Conducted on behalf of Care Providers of Minnesota, a nursing home trade group, the poll showed 71 percent of Minnesota residents would rather receive 24-hour care by trained nursing home staff than be dependent on their relatives, compared to just 24 percent who would not use nursing homes. "We are delighted with the public's confidence in nursing home care and pleased that a large majority of Minnesotans support additional state funding to continue this tradition of excellence," stated Care Providers' President Rick Carter. He said legislation has been introduced this session in the Minnesota State Legislature to provide the additional funds necessary to upgrade Minnesota's existing 444 community nursing homes. "The average nursing home is now 25 to 30 years old and in need of major renovation. Today's nursing home residents require specialized medical treatments that many of our facilities cannot provide due to space limitations," Carter explained.
 Other poll findings include:
 -- Almost three-fourths (73 percent) believe the quality of nursing home care is better in Minnesota than in other parts of the country.
 -- 40 percent have had a spouse, close friend or relative admitted to a nursing home in the past five years.
 -- Eight out of 10 respondents believe Congress should devote more attention on how to finance the cost of nursing home care.
 While three of four Minnesota residents expressed overall confidence in their local nursing homes, the poll showed they are confused about who pays for the cost of nursing home care. Minnesotans falsely estimated that half of all nursing home patients are covered by Medicare, 40 percent receive Medical Assistance and 20 percent are covered by private health insurance. In reality, Minnesota's Medical Assistance program pays for almost two-thirds of all nursing home costs while Medicare and private insurance combined pay less than 10 percent of the cost. "People are surprised to learn that Medicare and private insurance pay a very small share of long-term care costs," said Carter.
 The Gallup Organization polled a random sample of Minnesota residents 35 years and older during late December 1991 and early 1992 for Care Providers of Minnesota, an industry group representing both for-profit and not-for-profit nursing homes. The sampling error of the poll is plus or minus 6.9 percentage points.
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 /CONTACT: Dean Neumann of Care Providers, 612-854-2844, or Jim Hale of Gallup, 1-800-288-8593/ CO: Care Providers of Minnesota; Gallup Organization ST: Minnesota IN: MTC SU:


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