Helen F. Holt was one of the first and most influential leaders in the fight for federal support of Elder Care programs and organizations. She passed away in her Florida home from heart failure, she was 101.
Helen F. Holt, who led the federal government’s effort to establish and standardize modern long-term care facilities for the elderly in the pre-Medicare era, died on July 12 at her home in Boca Raton, Fla. She was 101.Her son, Rush D. Holt Jr., a former congressman from New Jersey, said the cause was heart failure. President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Mrs. Holt to oversee a program established by the Housing Act of 1959 for the Federal Housing Administration to insure mortgages onnursing homes that were to meet high new standards.
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