NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 12, 1977
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(Studio) There is alternative to nursing homes for elderly offered by NYC hospital.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(NYC) Report on Saint Vincent's Hospital's program of free house calls by dr.,
nurse and social worker for elderly. [PHYSICIAN - asks woman about recent fall.] [Ellen LOCKWOOD - describes fall.] Case of Howard Mayer noted. [MAYER - has poor eyesight.] [PHYSICIAN - tells Mayer they can get glasses for him.] [Hospital spokesperson Dr. Philip BRICKNER - cites purpose of program.] [LOCKWOOD - is glad she can stay at home.] [BRICKNER - says some would rather die at home than live in nursing home.] [MAYER - misses nothing about nursing home.] [LOCKWOOD - says she'd commit suicide before going to nursing home.] Other details of program noted. Medicare and Medicaid don't pay for this type of home care.
REPORTER: Betty Furness
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