Tag Archives: nursing home
March 26th, 2015 | 0
It’s a big misconception that seniors enter a nursing home only as a final stage in the medical care process. In fact, Medicare reports that 9 percent of nursing home patients are those needing acute rehabilitation and they have an average stay time of 23 days. However, approximately 43 percent of people over the age of 65 are likely to spend time in a nursing home. Of these patients, 24 percent will be there less than one year. Finally, the average length of stay for those patients who are able to be discharged is 272 days, or approximately nine months.Continue Reading
January 13th, 2015 | 1
Yikes! You researched, you packed, you’ve spent time making sure that your loved one is okay, and now you realize that this nursing home is not working out. Maybe it’s too far away for you to visit or you didn’t realize that certain services were an additional charge. Whatever your reasons may be, how do you switch from one nursing home to another?
If it’s a problem with care or service, I would recommend talking to the caregiver or nurse that is in contact most with the patient. In a non-confrontational way you could ask, “Mom doesn’t seem to be happy. Is there anything I can do or should know about to help make her stay here more comfortable?” If there is a care problem, you may question, “I’ve noticed mom’s bandages haven’t been changed today. Is there a reason for that?” You attract more flies with honey, and the staff will be more open to helping if you aren’t accusatory.Continue Reading
January 6th, 2015 | 1
Change is scary and transitioning into a nursing home can be one of the scariest changes. Being on the cusp of the unknown and having worst case scenarios scroll through your mind can make one almost paralyzed to move forward. In the case of moving into a nursing home, there are the added fears of poor care, neglect from family members, and being surrounded by ailing patients. There are several things that you can do to help your loved one have a smooth transition into a nursing home facility.
First of all, remove the myths and unfounded fears that come with the thought of a nursing home. For many, nursing homes are just a short term facility for those who have a medical condition that needs additional medical attention. Also research the history of the facility to find if there are any reports of abuse, neglect, or health violations.Continue Reading
December 30th, 2014 | 1
As we approach the end of 2014 and prepare to bring in a new year of hope, aspirations, good fortune and most importantly good health! It seems like an age old tradition of formulating our New Year’s resolutions. Well in 2015 I just have one New Years resolution – to visit my loved ones who are in a nursing home more often! A very simple resolution and something I think all of us who know someone in a nursing home can do more of.
Nursing homes can be intimidating places: the sites, the sounds, the building full of strangers. I loved my grandmother dearly and wanted to visit her, but entering the nursing home felt uncomfortable.
If you have a loved one who is staying in a nursing home for any length of time, here are a few tips to consider and to share with your family members:Continue Reading
December 16th, 2014 | 2
The holiday spirit starts to creep into our consciousness a little bit earlier as each year passes. Radio stations begin to play Christmas tunes on November 1, super store aisles quickly pull ghosts and goblins to replace them with red and green trimmings, and those who never took down the twinkle lights from their eaves last December breathe a sigh of relief that they still won’t have to. And yet while the holidays stalk us months ahead, instead of giving us more time to conquer all of the family traditions and shopping lists, we are busier than ever before. I also feel like all those gift guides that come out around this time of year help find something for our special mom, dad, our tech hungry child or even our pets. Though, what about a loved one in a nursing home? So while we still have just over a week before the actual days of celebration, I’d like to propose that we take a deep breath and brainstorm how we can honor our loved ones who will be spending the holidays in a nursing home. Here is our stab at our OpenPlacement 2014 gift guide for a loved one in a nursing home.Continue Reading
October 14th, 2014 | 0
Know Your Rights! Many families are in a Catch 22: you are unable to take care of a family member due to financial or medical reasons and yet you are hesitant to put your loved one in a nursing home because of the bad reputation that so many have. Fear not! When you know the rights of your loved one, you will be able to make the best choices for him or her.Continue Reading
October 2nd, 2014 | 0
My parents are Baby Boomers and in this past year they have spent more time in the hospital and at doctor’s appointments than either of them had ever planned. From bunion surgery to complications with a routine colonoscopy, my mom and dad have realized how much Medicare doesn’t cover and are grateful that they have a comfortable savings account to tap into if necessary. One major lesson learned is to expect the unexpected. With that said, have you considered long term health insurance?Continue Reading
September 23rd, 2014 | 2
We’ve all read the news reports or have heard stories about neglect and abuse that can happen in a nursing home. While it is not the norm, it is a real fear that family members struggle with concerning their elderly loved ones. What should you do if you suspect that your loved one is not receiving the proper care that they deserve? What signs should you look for?Continue Reading
August 14th, 2014 | 0
Seniors with Alzheimers disease presents many challenges. Memory loss, difficulty completing familiar tasks, and a delay with basic problem solving skills can cause frustration and anger in many patients. Moreover, Alzheimer’s can cause patients to be a danger to themselves and their loved ones who share the same home with them.
While nursing homes are an option many choose to take in the later stages of this disease in a loved one who requires memory care services, this may not be the right time for your loved one due to finances, your parent may still be quite independent, or you haven’t found the appropriate nursing home yet.Continue Reading
August 5th, 2014 | 1
Long-term care defines a broad range of services that meet the needs of older adults with various functional limitations. These services are provided by paid, regulated providers, and include assistance with activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, toileting), instrumental activities of daily living (medication management, housework), and health maintenance tasks. Here, we report on various aspects of these long-term care service providers: their funding, their population profile, and the prevalence of morbidity in their facilities.Continue Reading
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