We can agree on one thing: the traditional model of nursing homes is becoming outdated. Namely, models that involve centralized care management, large commercial kitchens, common therapy spaces, and medicine carts lingering in hallways. While this model is still followed in many settings, a growing number of nursing homes are making big changes to create a more personalized appeal.
Senior care providers dedicated to meeting the needs of this population must adjust to assure easy access to needed resources and services. One approach is the development of partnerships between senior care providers and community groups and organizations.
Cultivating intergenerational relationships has become a top priority for senior care providers. Recent experiences in southern Africa have caused me to reexamine how we engage seniors.