By Andrea Avery Submitted On December 11, 2015
Once your loved one begins to need assistance with daily tasks, you’ll want to consider supportive living facilities. These organizations are not like your typical nursing homes, and they provide considerable benefits to seniors, as well as peace of mind for loving family members.
A Level of Independence
These arrangements are designed to allow the seniors to have as much independence as possible. Many of them have private and semi-private guest rooms. Seniors are encouraged to furnish their rooms with things from their own homes, and it is common for pets … Read the rest
By Anna Woodward Submitted On December 11, 2015
Extended care homes have a reputation for being a place no one wants to end up. That is because a skilled nursing facility here and there has had a few problems. There are several myths that have been debunked over the years, making these homes more highly regarded.
Myth #1: They Are Poorly Run
Like all businesses, some are not well managed. However, the majority are very well run, with adequate staff who continually undergo training. These accommodations are clean and well maintained. Despite who owns the home, state inspectors come … Read the rest
By Alfred Ardis Submitted On January 12, 2016
In China, a law was recently passed decreeing that adult children must make regular visits to elderly parents or else run the risk of paying a fine. In Korea, the Confucian principle of filial piety serves as the philosophical ground for a culture of caring for aging parents, not only out of duty but with a sense of honor, as well. Mediterranean and Latino cultures hold no stigma against the elderly, instead celebrating the wisdom that comes with increasing years and unquestioningly including their grandparents in all social activities. Here in
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By Andrew Stratton Submitted On January 12, 2016
When considering the next step in care for your loved one, you have many options. Some older family members are able to stay comfortably in their own homes as long as they have assistance from a home care provider. Sadly, not all are able to do so and need round the clock supervision. Sending your loved one to live in one of the local nursing homes can be a difficult decision. However, there are some steps you can take to make the transition easier.
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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Contact: Media Relations
New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise all nursing homes to improve antibiotic prescribing practices and reduce their inappropriate use to protect residents from the consequences of antibiotic-resistant infections, such as C. difficile.
To guide these improvements, CDC released a new resource: Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes. The Core Elements for Nursing Homes expand upon CDC’s recommendation last year that all acute care hospitals implement an antibiotic stewardship program designed to … Read the rest
July 13, 2015
Revisions mark first major rewrite of long-term care conditions of participation since 1991
A proposal announced today at the White House Conference on Aging would make major changes to improve the care and safety of the nearly 1.5 million residents in the more than 15,000 long-term care facilities or nursing homes that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. If finalized, unnecessary hospital readmissions and infections would be reduced, quality care increased, and safety measures strengthened for the more than one million residents in these facilities.
“This proposal is just one part of the administration’s overall commitment … Read the rest
If you look up restraint in the dictionary, you may see one of these definitions: (1) the act of restraining, holding back, controlling or checking; (2) the state or fact of being restrained; deprived of liberty; confinement. But what does the term “restraint” mean in a nursing home or hospital setting? You may be researching facilities and learn that one has a restraint free policy. The Virginia Administrative Code Section that speaks to Nursing Home facilities defines a “Physical restraint” as “any manual method or physical or mechanical device, material, or equipment attached or adjacent … Read the rest
by Dani Veracity
As people reach old age, osteoporosis is a major determining factor in quality of life. In Healing Moves, Dr. Mitchell and Carol Krucoff write, “Age-related declines in muscle and bone mass … can lead to frailty and fracture — the primary reason older adults wind up in nursing homes.” If you don’t want to spend your later years resting in a nursing home, losing your independence and draining your or your family’s financial resources, you need to do something to remain independent. According to numerous studies and aging manuals, that “something” is strength training, an activity … Read the rest
By S Matthews
Many people think a nursing home is a nasty, soul-less place where residents either lie in bed or sit endlessly in a rocking chair, waiting out their days until the inevitable happens. The reality – at least in a good nursing home – is far from that. Many people enter a nursing facility when they have lots of life in them yet, and look forward to years of fun and companionship, with daily activities to keep both their bodies and brains active.
In fact, studies have shown that regular stimulating activities help half a decline in depression … Read the rest
Elderly people who dwell in a nursing home have needs that are considerably different from those living in their own home, not to mention being constrained by a limited space. Nevertheless, the confines of a nursing home do not exclude these people from receiving tokens of appreciation. Indeed, there are still numerous valuable gift ideas for those residing in nursing homes. Not knowing what these people need or want is no excuse for not giving them gifts. Gifts are small tokens that express concern and care. Everyone longs to be remembered, most especially elderly people in … Read the rest