The Chinese supposedly have a curse: May you live in interesting times…

Joanne Erickson


If there’s any truth to that, then we’re living through one of the most accursed times in long term care’s history. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to watch Hurricane Sandy with horrid fascination. (I also hope I’m not the only one who marveled at the speed and skill with which long term care professionals rallied to give aid and comfort to our most vulnerable; to the staff and administrators who stood by their posts amid the crisis, I can only offer a meager—but truly awestruck—thank you.)

As stark as Sandy was for those who lived and served through it, it’s not the only way in which our industry is being buffeted. Everybody is bracing for a silver tsunami as my generation ages. Both political parties have made clear that they’re serious about rethinking the way care is delivered, regulated, and funded, and technology is moving so fast that people are actually debating the practical merits of robot caretakers. Over the next few years, everything in long term care is likely to change, for everyone. And the only thing anyone can seem to agree on is that nobody knows where it will end when the wheel stops spinning.

That’s why we’re excited to launch ProviderNation today. These are dizzying times, and we don’t want to miss a thing. We think this space can be the seismograph for long term care, and we’re hoping you think so, too.

So check back, but—more important—write back. We want to hear from you.
After all, these are interesting times…

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