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As more than 97,000 of the nation's long-term care residents have died in a pandemic that has pushed staffs to the limit, advocates for the elderly say a tandem wave of deaths from neglect has quietly claimed tens of thousands more.

An outreach program that serves more than 130 elderly Belton residents who live alone will keep serving the community after continued funding was approved by the City Council at Tuesday night’s meeting.

As the manner in which Medicaid care is managed and paid for in Texas changes, the need for skilled caregivers is bound to increase.

It’s anticipated that programs that pay for health care for the elderly will move away from state management to a managed care system or a consumer-directed program, and the need for qualified workers will soon outstrip availability.