According to the Yale School of Public Health, regular phone calls or emails may provide the most solace for people living in long-term care facilities. This includes remote calls, and phone calls while visiting at a facility window.
New evidence suggests that unresponsive patients’ brains react to sound and that they might be able to hear what clinicians and family are saying.
Strained family relationships have a negative impact on long-term health, even more so than a troubled relationship with a spouse, say researchers.
Due to a series of unfortunate events, both of my previously independent parents were recently injured over the course of five weeks. Here are some thoughts from someone who’s seen the long-term care world from both sides now.
When a resident enters long-term care, we tend to focus solely on the needs of the resident, even though they’re almost always part of a family system that is being affected by their placement. If we consider that we’re admitting families rather than just the residents themselves, we’d recognize the need to provide family-centered care in addition to resident-centered care.
Nursing home residents do not eat much more when their family members are present at mealtimes, even though caregivers provide more assistance, according to recently published study results.