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.
For the past couple of years I have been working on reforming the hospital emergency department. Friends of Eden will recognize many of the basic features of the Senior ER. We optimize the physical environment to meet the needs of elders. We improve the staff’s understanding of age and aging. We ATTACK ageism in the […]
The New York Times New Old Age blog visits one of the nation’s newest senior-specific emergency departments at St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, Mich: When Harold Richards, 81, arrived at the hospital emergency room in Ann Arbor, Mich., he expected a long wait. After all, he’d been through the emergency room drill before. … […]
There are two important conclusions to be drawn from this report — 1) The over-use of prescriptions drugs among older adults is epidemic; 2) A huge proportion of emergency rooms visits by older adults are preventable. McKnight’s Long Term Care News reports: Adults aged 50 and older made more than 1.1 million trips to the […]