Sometimes Martin Bayne speaks in little more than a whisper, like many people with advanced Parkinson’s disease. But his voice has a way of carrying.
Many consider him the nation’s foremost advocate for people in assisted living. “Marty communicates the truth about living and aging and dying in America,” said Joy Loverde, a caregiving expert and author of “The Complete Eldercare Planner.”
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Americans plan to stay on the job longer, but the reality is that older workers are often forced out.
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Old Age Homes That Old People Actually Want To Live In
“Nursing homes are hierarchical, and patient’s needs are at the bottom of the chain.
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Many caregivers don’t want the job — and feel guilty about that.
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And hospitals are not assuming that personnel in nursing homes and other facilities know how to properly care for their patients and follow the hospital discharge instructions. Patients taking the wrong dose or mixing …
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For Americans with a terminal diagnosis, death increasingly comes in the places and ways they say they want it — at home and in the comfort of hospice care.
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The following post from the Senior Housing Forum, a long term care housing industry blog, lays out the arguments for fall prevention programs in assisted living, memory care, and nursing homes. I think this may be a perfect example of a program that simultaneously promotes the safety of residents and enhances corporate revenues through longer residence times and marketing opportunities. While as a patient and resident advocate I am primarily interested in the well being of the elderly, I also think that any home that makes the effort to put in place an effective fall prevention program deserves to reap the rewards of that effort.
Senior Falls . . . Bad for Seniors Good for Senior Housing
On January 28, 2013 the Sacramento Bee published an article titled: Deadly falls on the rise among seniors. The article makes the following points:
- California emergency rooms have been flooded with older seniors who have been injured or who have died as the result of a fall.
- From 2000 to 2010 rate of deaths from falls has increased by more than 50% in California and 65% nationally.
- Seniors are living longer and as a result are living with multiple chronic conditions that increase the risk of falling.
- In some cases, the medication seniors are taking for those conditions, increases risk of falling.
- Because we boomers tend to overestimate our abilities, we are less careful, further increasing the risk of falls.
The article then goes on to describe a seven week fall prevention class that UC Davis Medical Center provides seniors. In the class seniors learn and practice exercises that are designed to improve, balance, flexibility and strength.
The Senior Housing Opportunity
This emerging trend presents three very real opportunities to address too tackle this problem head-on:
- As a Marketing Outreach - UC Davis is providing this class on their hospital campus, but imagine offering your own fall prevention class at your senior living community as a community outreach. Hold the class in the morning and feed them in your dining room. Include your residents in the class as a way to build connections with these prospective residents.
- A Fall Avoidance Environment - Senior housing communities are designed to both provide maximum freedom of movement and reduce the risk of falls. In the context of these stories and statics you have the opportunity to very specifically contrast the safety seniors have in your community as opposed to home.
- Protecting Your Own Residents - This class should be a “must have” for every senior housing community. First, because it is the right thing to do for your residents; Second, because it will help protect your length of stay; and, Third, it becomes another marketing differentiator, because even though every community should have a formal fall prevention program most won’t.
Do you have a fall prevention or other types of wellness programs that you are using today? How are they working? How do they benefit your community and your residents?
This month, Johnson & Johnson is facing more than 10,000 lawsuitsover an artificial hip that has been recalled because of a 40 percent failure rate within five years. Mistakes happen in medicine, but internal documents showed that executives had known of flaws with the device for some time, but had failed to make them public.
It would be nice to imagine that this kind of behavior is exceptional, but in reality, the entire evidence base for medicine has been undermined by a casual lack of transparency. Sometimes this is through a failure to report concerns raised by doctors and internal analyses, as was the case with Johnson & Johnson. More commonly, it involves the suppression of clinical trial results, especially when they show a drug is no good. These problems would be bad enough on their own, but they are compounded by a generation of “fake fixes” that have delivered false reassurance, and so prevent realistic public discussion.
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Thoughts from Bill Thomas of Changing Aging
I want to talk about another word that is used to demean and diminish older people. This time Kavan’s the one getting in dustups, with no less than Oprah and AARP.
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