I was interviewed last week by Richard Garcia, a freelance journalist, for a feature story in the Christian Science Monitor.
Buoyed by astonishingly low expectations and a reimbursement system that literally pays them for making their patients sicker and weaker, nursing homes represent the one part of our health care system that has seen little substantive change in more than a half a century.
Sometimes amidst the chaos, there are moments of clarity, when we’re reminded why we do the work we do. I had one of those moments last October, during one of those speaking engagements when you’re not sure anyone really cares what you have to say.
Here’s an idea for every residential aging facility that struggles with ambient despair that masks itself as “activity indifference” (the resident spends her entire day in her room or a chair in the main lobby avoiding activities and other residents).
Kingston Nursing Center in Conway, South Carolina is having a great time honoring National Scrabble Day. The team thought it would be fun to honor National Scrabble Day and the hot new game “Words with Friends” together. The Administrative Secretary and the Enrichment Team worked together to create this amazing interactive bulletin board. The idea […]
Caregiving | Home & Family | RelationshipsThere’s a children’s book series that has come out in the last year about a young girl named Carlyn and her visits to her grandmother in assisted living. It debunks the stereotypes about old people and long-term care. Here’s one line from Carlyn Meets Granny Girl’s New Friends: “Wow, this does not look like a place creepy people live, and I do not smell anything weird, either!” Carlyn said. There’s an even more interesting story behind the book. It’s written by …
One of the subjects that have befuddled Long Term Care leaders over the years is worker motivation. One of the foremost researchers in this field is Frederick Herzberg, an industrial psychologist. It is Herzberg’s work on motivation and job enrichment that strikes at the heart of the success of self-direction concepts that are so foundational… read more >>
Aging in community presents a viable and appealing third option to institutional long-term care or “aging-in-place” that fosters and draws on social capital.
A core belief of The Eden Alternative is that all decisions belong to the Elders or those closest to them.
Last week, The Green House Project participated in a conference presented by The Erickson School’s Institute for Leadership. The School’s mission is to convene leaders in the field of aging services, through summit educational programs and research, to discuss and develop solutions to the common challenges that await in the future.
We are excited to see the impact that this training will have over the coming months on psychotropic drug usage and quality of life for people living with dementia and their care partners in Tennessee. We hope that we can then use this CMP grant-funde…
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.
Read Part 1 of Abolishing the Old Age Asylum here. I’ve been working hard to change the system of long-term-care in our country and I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish but— there is much that remains to be done. As it stands today, too many people are compelled to surrender too much freedom in order… Read more →
Without much fanfare, the Senate Special Committee on Aging released a report earlier this month on the subject of how the U.S. is progressing in caring for older adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The committee compared health-care infrastructure with that of Japan, Australia, France and the United Kingdom – countries chosen because they have demographics and economies similar to ours.
The report found that these countries were all ahead of us on the Alzheimer’s care front. But as Judith Graham points out in a sharply observed piece today on the New Old Age blog, the study also unearthed statistics that suggest that long-term care for America’s elderly in general is lagging behind the rest of the world’s standards.
For most of recent history, American women have been living longer than men – and now it’s going to cost them more. As the Wall Street Journal’s Kelly Greene reports, the insurance industry, which up until now has charged men and women the same prices for long-term care coverage, is beginning to factor women’s longevity into their underwriting.
Insurers, citing women’s longevity, are boosting premiums for policies that cover nursing care and assisted living.
Caregiving | Home & FamilyIf you’re considering long-term care, expect to pay more for nursing homes, assisted living communities and homemakers/companions, MetLife Mature Market Institute’s annual 2012 survey reveals. Good news: the study of average national long-term care costs shows they’ve stayed the same for adult day services and home health aides. Of course, rates and services vary by state and area; those differences are included in the survey. Take a look at national average costs: A private room in a nursing home is $248/day, …
The Eden Alternative will participate in a poster session featuring the development of the Well-Being Assessment Tools at the Gerontological Society of America’s 65th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego, CA. Frances Wilby, LCSW, PhD, a member of the team that validated the new Eden Alternative Well-Being Assessment Tools, will be presenting the poster on November […]
With the election behind him, Barack Obama’s first item of business will be dealing with the fiscal cliff–that toxic combination of tax increases and automatic spending cuts that are due to kick in on Jan 2, unless Congress acts to delay or replace them with a long-term deficit reduction plan. Going over the cliff would mean deep cuts in a […]
On September 26, 2012, culture change advocates from around the world gathered in Reykjavik, Iceland to listen to presentations about The Eden Alternative. They shared the challenges they face in bringing culture change to long-term care settings and amazing success stories. Dr. Thomas and his wife, Jude, joined the conference along with 170 other individuals. […]
Eden Alternative Educators and Mentors came from all over the U.S. and Canada to St. Petersburg, Florida October 5 & 6, 2012 for our bi-annual face to face gathering. Many hot topics were discussed such as identifying new paradigms that need to be busted and the formation of a more focused Educator team. The Eden […]