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.Secondary SidebarDr. Bill Thomas Presents: Dr. Thomas’ Age of Disruption Tour visits 30 cities in 2016 to introduce audiences to a new and highly disruptive understanding of aging. Visit DrBillThomas.org to learn more Labor Day, September 4, 1922. The youngest kids would be/are about 96 today. How many are still […]
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?
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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 →
I’ve just finished reading Involved Family Is a Key to Receiving Good Care in Nursing Homes, a December 13, 2011 article in the Detroit Free Press. The report describes how a nursing home resident benefits enormously when family members drop in …
One fifth of Medicare nursing home patients with advanced Alzheimer’s or dementia were sent to hospitals for questionable reasons in their final months, often enduring tube feeding and intensive care.
Researchers suspect that it’s not a coincidence, since Medicare pays a nursing home about three times the normal daily rate when it takes patients back after brief hospitalizations. A group of researchers from Brown University, Harvard University and Dartmouth Medical School studied about 475,000 nursing home patients who had been transferred to hospitals. Among them, 19 percent were moved for questionable reasons.
Researchers suspect that it’s not a coincidence, s…
My dad, who had congestive heart failure, lived on the second floor of a garden apartment building that had no elevator. As the disease made him weaker, he could no long walk down the stairs. And for the last year of his life, he was trapped in his own apartment. An “outing” was a slow walk, and eventually, a wheelchair ride […]
Sometimes acquaintances describe how a hospice program entered the lives of an aging parent during the last week or even in the last few days of life. My husband and I are aware of just how much hospice offered to our family during the four months b…
In a move that shocked many in the elder care community, California has ended funding for its adult day care program. The question now is what will happen to the nearly 5,000 others that operate throughout the country. California’s $169 million program serves about 35,000 low-income seniors and other adults with disabilities. The program will end in January when […]
Congratulations to St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion in Lewistown, Maine, for completing the first major Milestone in The Path to Mastery™: The Art of Creating a Caring Community. This powerful new tool developed by The Eden Alternative® guides organizations through the process of transforming their culture by applying person-directed care practices. Through this approach, decisions and actions […]
I eagerly await Parts 2 and 3 of the Abolishing the Old Age Asylum series from Bill Thomas. There’s a laundry list of reasons why the culture change movement has engaged only about 10% of all nursing homes in a … Continue reading →
If you have a family member in a nursing home or long term care facility and you don’t know what a long term care ombudsman is, you should definitely check out this post at The Consumer Boomer: A Long Term Care Ombudsman is, in the plainest definition, a representative to elderly folks in nursing homes […]