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Michele Kent Provides Perspective on Long-Term Care at Panel NJ Spotlight Conference


Trenton, NJ- September 22, 2014- This month, LeadingAge New Jersey’s President and CEO Michele Kent presented at the NJ Spotlight Conference entitled “The Future of Long-Term Care in New Jersey.” Kent was a featured panelist on the topic of “Future of Nursing Homes & Palliative Care.”


“Thanks to the many improvements in technology, in medicine, and in payment structure, many seniors may never have to enter a nursing home,” stated Kent. “This has fueled the development and exponential expansion of Home & Community Based Services (HCBS).  These changes, innovations and shifts in public policy are, as Martha Stewart would say, ‘a good thing.’ At the same time, we must ensure the continuum of care, including a cadre of skilled nursing beds.  We must keep nursing homes well funded, so they can provide high quality care.  And with all the forthcoming changes in our healthcare delivery system, we must keep our eyes on grandma and grandpa, and be sure we are collectively doing all we can to provide the love and care which they have earned.” 


Other panelists for this topic included Moderator Andrew Kitchenman, healthcare writer for NJ Spotlight; Marilyn Askin, NJ Chief Legislative Advocate for AARP; Theresa Edelstein, vice president of Post-Acute Care Policy & Special Initiatives for the New Jersey Hospital Association; Donald L. Pendley, president of the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization; Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer, and Linda Schwimmer, vice president of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. This panel is part of the NJ Spotlight Roundtable Series and NJ Spotlight Conference Series, which are public forums that bring together expert panelists to discuss important policy issues of the day.


Andrew Kitchenman, moderator and healthcare writer for NJ Spotlight noted. “It was important having LeadingAge New Jersey here today. They are industry leaders in long-term care and they bring a valuable perspective in terms of the economic and insurance-related issues affecting senior care in our State.”


To see video coverage of the NJ Spotlight Conference, click here. For more information on long-term care in New Jersey, visit


About LeadingAge NJ

LeadingAge New Jersey is the statewide association of not-for-profit senior care organizations and is dedicated to advancing quality aging services in New Jersey through advocacy, education, and fellowship. Founded in 1931, LeadingAge New Jersey and its members believe in affirming the enduring value of our elders to society, to family and to the community; promoting quality, stewardship and choice in aging services; advancing mission driven values, compassionate services and public trust; being accountable to those we serve; and developing ethical leadership.


About NJ Spotlight

Launched in 2010, NJ Spotlight publishes daily, original stories, centered on news and policy issues, with a focus on education, energy, state finance and healthcare.  NJ Spotlight has garnered acclaim from numerous journalism organizations, including the Online News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the national Education Writers Association.


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