In response to the report by the Care Quality Commission that one in four care homes in England are providing a poor service to older people, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar Dickon Weir-Hughes said: "Poor care is never acceptable and nurses working in care homes have a responsibility within the NMC code: Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives (2008) to act without delay if they believe they, a colleague or anyone else may be putting someone at risk. This includes issues relating to the environment of care. "We know that we need to do more to help safeguard the health and wellbeing of patients and the public.
"A new study says almost one out of three adults in the U.S. currently serves as a caregiver, " NPR reports. "The time and energy they put into caregiving becomes like an unpaid job. On average, they spend about 19 hours a week providing care, doing everything from bathing and dressing an elderly parent or loved one to balancing a checkbook or doing household chores." The survey was sponsored by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving, with funding from the MetLife Foundation. Many results "are similar to those from earlier versions in 2004 and 1999. Two-thirds of caregivers are women. The average age is about 48. Almost all -- 86 percent -- care for a relative.
Kaiser Health News, in a story produced in collaboration with The Washington Post, reports on adult day care. It "may soon become harder to find and afford. The almost 4, 000 state-licensed centers around the country rely heavily on funding from state legislatures and charities, which have been hit hard by the recession. Advocates for adult day-care programs are pushing to include them in federal health-care overhaul legislation while also lobbying state legislatures and suing state regulators to keep centers from shutting their doors" (12/2). Read entire story. This information was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with kind permission from the Henry J.
The holidays are a time for families to gather and celebrate generations coming together to enjoy each other's company. Though for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia, this time of year can bring increased anxiety as they strive to create a calm holiday environment while keeping family traditions alive. For that reason, Emeritus Senior Living, a national provider of assisted living and Alzheimer's and related dementia care services to seniors, has put together helpful guidelines and suggestions to make this holiday season a memorable one for the whole family. "The holidays are an important time of year for families to come together, and keeping our loved ones who are suffering from Alzheimer's involved in family traditions continues to be critically important, " commented Crystal Scott, Director of Memory Care for Emeritus Senior Living.
Many families struggle on a day-to-day basis with insufficient in-home care or problematic out-of-home care for their emotionally or behaviorally troubled children and adolescents. Researchers have recently shown that an integrative family care model, which incorporates the strengths of external agencies and care providers, may be the answer. The latest issue of Family Process features this new model. The I-FAST system was developed specifically to assist families dealing with a diversity of ongoing, severe, emotional and behavioral issues. Its foundational techniques are based on evidence-based practices found within the mental health and psychotherapy communities.
Colorado Braces For Mental Health Cuts, Florida Nursing Homes Brace For Medicare Cuts, And Other Developments
Today's state coverage includes anxieties about Medicare cuts, tips from Massachusetts health officials and executives and a pro-migrant court ruling in Hawaii. Kaiser Health News: "Three years after Massachusetts implemented a state program to provide near universal health care, officials said that a key to their success was that stakeholders from the state's health care sector and the business community had a commitment to implementing the program." Despite successes, one state official said cost containment remains a challenge (Marcy, 9/1). Boston Globe: A new health program for migrants in Hawaii, scheduled to begin Tuesday, was postponed by a judge, who ruled that the program failed to live up to an obligation promised by the U.