Keep up with the population
Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC
When people ask me how I take my coffee, my answer is “Seriously, very seriously!” This is no joke. Just ask my well-trained (and very tolerant) husband, who knows to avoid me until I have had my first cup.
So if I go into a nursing home one day, and someone tries to give me decaf or some cheap, weak coffee, just know I will probably bite her or his head off. And I won't be the only one.
There is an increasing population of younger nursing home residents due to the increase of post-acute short-term stays. Baby boomers are coming to a home near you and we providers better be prepared to meet their expectations. Not only with improving our level of skilled services but in the amenities we offer as well.
This same population that changed and revolutionized the consumer market and social movement in the second half of the 20th century will not be giving up their choices just because they are going into a facility, even for a short time. They will be shopping competitively looking for a place that offers them independence and personal choice. Baby Boomers are and will continue to influence society and consumerism. They know how to wield the internet and will use that like Sherlock Holmes!
This is a health-conscious group that is looking toward integrative medicine, the best of conventional and alternative medicine combined. They WILL question both their doctors and nurses. They'll want restaurant style dining options, private rooms, internet and entertainment options (not activities).
So break out that espresso machine and get ready as the “silver tsunami” comes your way. (I'll have mine dark roasted, if you please!)
Just keeping it real,
The Real Nurse Jackie is written by Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC, a 2012 APEX Award of Excellence winner for Blog Writing. Vance is a real life long-term care nurse. A nationally respected nurse educator and past national LTC Nurse Administrator of the Year, she also is an accomplished stand-up comedienne. She has not starred in her own national television series — yet. The opinions supplied here are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of her employer or her professional affiliates.