A Green House? Meet the New Nursing Home

When it comes to caring for a loved one, the Rolling Stones nailed it: You can’t always get what you want. You may want Mom, Dad or a spouse to be able to stay home, but it isn’t always possible. They may need a nursing home. What you, hopefully, can do is to control what kind of place it will be. That is why I’m mentioning Green House homes. They are a different kind of nursing home you should know …

Sex, Alzheimer’s and Boomers: Trouble for Nursing Homes

Romance – for many, it’s one of life’s great pleasures. But for those living in a nursing home sex can get a bit more complicated. Having Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia calls into question whether the individuals involved have the ability to give legal consent. Nursing homes regularly struggle to make that call, and this problem will only grow worse as the number of older Americans grows as the the boomer generation joins their ranks. Related: Sex and …

Was My Mom Abused?

On July 2, USA Today reported that more than 20 former employees of a Georgia Alzheimer’s care center are facing dozens of criminal charges after a three-month state investigation uncovered allegations of cruel treatments of patients. The cruelty ranged from physical abuse – slapping patients and throwing water on them – to outright neglect and financial exploitation. Other abuse included shackling patients to their beds with sheets and ‘double diapering’ so the staff wouldn’t have to change soiled diapers so often. As it …

Tools on the Horizon for Dementia Caregivers

It’s not just loss of cognition that haunts those with dementia. Accompanying it are disruptive behavioral symptoms that can include depression, agitation, aggression, psychosis, disinhibition, sleep disturbances and apathy. The fall-out is often placing the loved one in a nursing home, not to mention extraordinary stress for family caregivers. It’s no secret that these symptoms are often managed with psychotropic medication like antipsychotics. For one thing, there can be side effects with these drugs, including death. More importantly, there are …

An Evacuation Plan at Your Parent’s Nursing Home: 9 Questions to Ask

Media images of nursing home residents being evacuated after an explosion this week at a nearby fertility plant in West, Texas, raise an important issue. That is, if your loved one is, or may some day be, in a nursing home, do you know what its evacuation and emergency plans are? According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in 2012 on any day, more than 1.4 million Americans live in 15,800 nursing homes; more than 3 million have …

Nursing Home Near Texas Blast: ‘Everything Went Flying Everywhere’

Sometimes it seems there’s a special place in hell reserved for older people. When disaster strikes, it finds the most vulnerable among us. Maybe it’s because they’re often clustered in large groups. Maybe it’s because they’re less likely to be able to save themselves. And maybe in part it’s a numbers game: there’s simply more and more senior citizens. We saw it in New Orleans during Katrina and in the Northeast during Superstorm Sandy. And we saw it again when …