Monday, September 24, 2007
More than 12,600 cases of elderly abuse were reported in 2006, almost all of them at home, according to the Health and Welfare Ministry survey released Friday. About 50 cases involved abuse inflicted by staff at nursing homes.
The national survey, the first produced since a law aimed at preventing elderly abuse took effect in April, showed 80 percent of the victims were women aged 80 or older. The survey also showed about 40 percent of the abused suffered from dementia.
Despite Japan's traditional respect for the aged, increasing life spans and lack of welfare support systems have put increasing pressure on families caring for elderly parents and grandparents.We often look to other cultures and cite their respect for the elderly. It is part of the reason there is so much guilt associated with having to choose a long term care option for a loved one. So take a lesson. Even a culture highly regarded in caring for their own finds itself in turmoil when faced with so many aging and so many needing care. It really is about knowing your limits as a caregiver, balancing your life and having a life and most importantly starting the hard health care discussions earlier.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
To me care has no color boundaries. I happen to come upon facilities that invest in a good quality of life for their residents. I can cite two off the bat. Guilford Healthcare in Greensboro, NC has a majority of black women as residents and I can tell you first hand that the care there is excellent. Same with Brian Center in Hickory, NC.
You know what else. These residents have such faith and a love for life that anyone coping with any adversity would be well to learn from them.
Poor care is poor care. You don't have to stand for it. Do your homework and look for alternatives for a loved one. And if an elder you know has no one to look after them, take the time to do so. I know there are gems of nursing homes even among the poorest, broken neighborhoods. Do your homework, refuse substandard care and insist on the best for your loved one.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Listen, things are bad enough at our nursing homes when some can not even give their activity director more than $50 a month to cover residents' needs. And while I know there are for profit nursing homes out there and many making money, the sad truth is that the money never seems to filter down to direct care. And that effects our elderly directly. With 78 million boomers coming down the pike, with a World Health Ranking of 37, with chronic conditions abounding and a nation that is one of the most obese in the world, make no mistake these facilities will be needed. Not everyone will be able to age in place.