The phenomenon of social bullying apparently comes as no surprise to administrators of senior apartments, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and senior centers. “What happens to mean girls? Some of them go on to become mean old ladies,” said Marsha Frankel, clinical director of senior services at Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Boston, who has led workshops (innocuously called “Creating a Caring Community”) for staff and residents.
A report by federal health care inspectors in November said the U.S. nursing home industry overbills Medicare $1.5 billion a year for treatments patients don’t need or never receive.
Degenerative relationships are not uncommon among the elderly in even the happiest marriages, marriage therapists and geriatricians say. But that is small comfort to either the couple in the middle of the maelstrom, or the children who care for them, as evidenced by a number of postings on caregiver blogs. As some of the children have wondered there: “Why can’t we all just get along?”
Most clinicians have little or no formal training in managing the dying process or death. Many have neither watched someone die nor provided direct care during the last hours of life. Families usually have even less experience or knowledge about death and dying.
Boston GlobeHospitals look to lower readmission ratesBoston GlobeDays after she was discharged to her Saugus home from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after being treated for pneumonia, Carol Sewell got a call.
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Disrespect, Lucian Leape believes, is the elephant in the hospital. According to the adjunct professor of health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health, disrespect is the reason why so many patients leave the E.R. feeling belittled or ignored.
Nursing Home Health Care Delivery The Kensington Model: ABetter Way for Nursing Homes to Deliver Health Care As much as the industry would like it to be different, seniors are putting great effort and resources into growing oldat … Continue reading →
Groundbreaking Planned for 1 of America’s First LGBT Senior HomesPatch.comWith construction slated for this winter, the senior housing development at 3600 N. Halsted in Lake View is addressing a booming need for the aging LGBT community.
The well-noted aging of the American population will continue long after the Baby Boomer generation crests, posing continuing economic challengesfor the country for decades to come, a new congressionally mandated report states.
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New York Daily NewsPhysical activity strongest predictor of survival in old age: studyNew York Daily NewsPowered by Inform.
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The Theory of Gerotranscendence – Department of Sociology http://t.co/pAN0QKSY…
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The journal Health Affairs has put together a special issue in the wake of the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act, looking specifically at hospitals that service the impoverished and the uninsured.
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The number of people providing senior care is expanding rapidly in relation to the current proportion of working adults in the U.S., with nearly one in five people in the workforce taking on some form of elder care responsibility, … … Continue reading →
Just a little reminder that long term care corporations are doing just fine. Sunrise Senior Living (NYSE: SRZ) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Health Care REIT (NYSE: HCN). Existing shareholders will receive … Continue reading →
Specialized Hospital Care for Elderly Patients Could Significantly Cut Costs http://t.co/iS1cpiNW…
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Tim Carpenter is changing the way thousands of elderly Californians experience aging by turning affordable senior housing communities into vibrant centers for learning, wellness and creativity. Learn more here…
The Pioneer Network and other organizations that try to change the culture of long term care homes have been focused on dining and food choices for some years now. There have certainly been some successes but read this story about … Continue reading →
In an editorial in the NYTimes Sunday Review (7/29/12), Thomas Friedman lays out the financial dilemma we face in long term care. The bottom line? A frightening percentage of Americans do not have the money to retire, much less pay for … Continue reading →
How safe and conscientious are home health care agencies? As one might expect, there is a huge range. From a recent report in the American Geriatrics Society Journal however, far to many such agencies have poor hiring and screening practices … Continue reading →
Futurist Jim Carroll looks at the next 10-20 years in elder care and considers both big trends and crazy ideas. The problem however is knowing which is which. His most salient point is that innovation and creativity are as necessary … Continue reading →