Home- and community-based care advocates seek a total rebalance of care. They want the care dollars to be shifted to home- and community-based care, which has been historically short-shifted. However, shifting one group of care against another does not achieve a balance. Home-based caregivers still must be able to rely on good nursing home care.
As we enter the holiday season, AARP's recent report on caregiving highlights the impact of changing demographics in American households: there will be dramatic shortages of paid and unpaid caregivers by 2050 in the US.
We know that ranking high among the top priorities of seniors, is to optimize and maintain good health and wellness, and to stay on top of technology. It's by design and not by coincidence that these are two areas in which Monarch Landing excels.
In my years of working in rehabilitation, I have been in hundreds of independent and assisted living communities that cater to the older generation. I have seen beautiful fitness and pool areas that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars — and next to no use of these fitness centers. What good does this do for older people in our communities?
A relatively new administrator asked me a great question recently. He asked, "Do you (and should I) always give a raise along with an annual review?"
Even though this legislation ostensibly is supposed to help providers, the "Medicare Established Provider Act" may encourage facilities to react or continue to act ultra-conservatively in the therapy provisions to Medicare beneficiaries.
Studies show that while people across the country are increasingly embracing hospice, many receive hospice care too late, including sometimes in the last three days of life. By accessing hospice care sooner, patients and families can benefit from months, rather than days, of extraordinary healthcare in their homes, symptom control, and enhanced quality of life.
Many of the men that we currently work with in our retirement communities are pioneers forging new territory. Men of past generations either did not live long enough, could not afford, or did not embrace the opportunity to reside in a retirement community.
The Hebrew Home at Riverdale received the 2013 Outstanding Advocacy Award from LeadingAge at its national conference in Dallas last month. I had the honor of accepting the award on behalf of the organization. This award, which recognizes our leadership role in the field of elder abuse prevention for the past decade, meant a lot to us.
Today more than ever, we hear about the importance of PROACTIVE approaches to prevent as many unfavorable events as possible. One of the key essential proactive approaches that we can implement is to PREPARE our charge nurses for success! There are times, when new nurses start their position that the orientation or teaching period is cut short because they are "doing just fine" and they are "needed" to take a shift by themselves.
Guest columns are written by long-term care industry experts, ranging from academics and thought leaders to administrators and CEOs.