Would you allow residents to hire your staff? Most nursing homes would likely find that idea unimaginable, if not outright crazy. But at Sunny Hill Nursing Home of Will County, in Joliet, Illinois, no employee is hired without resident approval.
If a bunch of 40 and 50-year-olds at a resort (albeit a demolished one) on the beach can feel the effects of institutional practices in only four days, what chance do Elders have in a traditional nursing home over a long period of time?
This playground scene is from Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood. Labor Day, September 4, 1922. The youngest kids would be/are about 96 today. How many are still with us in Pittsburgh or beyond? I need to visit the Beechview Senior Center sometime soon. Anyone there reading this at the moment, please ask around! Look at the height of that […]
Should The Eden Alternative and The Green House Project become more active and aggressive and place a new emphasis on showing providers what change looks and feels like?
I hate bingo. I don’t know when it started, but I definitely have an animosity towards the game.
Why would House Republicans slash programs that make it possible for the frail elderly and adults with disabilities to live at home? Especially since the alternative would often be more costly nursing home care. GOP lawmakers say they support Medicaid’s Home and Community Based programs that provide long-term services and supports in the community rather than […]
It looks like more of our elderly are dying at home rather than in the hospital according to the CDC. Their statistics for nursing home deaths edged slightly higher however. Since 1989 the percentage of deaths in hospitals for those … Continue reading →
The fate of many important health reforms aimed directly at seniors is in the hands of the Supreme Court. While the public has focused most of its attention on whether the High Court will strike down the individual mandate in the 2010 health reform law, the justices today are hearing arguments about another critical issue: What should happen to the […]
The Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times recently published an instructive article explaining in detail what adult children can do to help our parents stay out of nursing homes. Written by Karen Ravn, the article suggests focusing on nine specific …
January 5, 2012 Click on each thumbnail to see a larger image. Other blog posts on the new Green House® Homes at VMRC All About the VMRC Woodland Park Groundbreaking Green Houses for Older Elders Replacing a Nursing Community with Green House Homes…
Late yesterday afternoon, January 5, 2012, I attended a groundbreaking event at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC). Several hundred residents, family members, VMRC staff, board members, and friends celebrated the beginning of construction o…
With funding from Picker Institute, the team that produced the best-selling “Meeting the Leadership Challenge in Long-Term Care: What you do matters” has developed a series of multimedia resources that build on the book’s content. Click here to visit the … Continue reading →