nursing care takes a smart detour
a new approach to the frail elderly finds it's cheaper to help them maintain their independent lives at home - which most prefer.
by michael vitez, inquirer staff writer
sunday may 27th, 2007
i have worked with both penn and st agnes life program and recomended programs to many homecare patients. program accepts those over age 55 eligible for medicare & or medicaid and meet nursing home criteria. they provide primary care doctor, np who manages client, all health care provided along with medications with goal to keep one at home and out of hospital so strong preventive focus. home health aides assist those with adl defecits in own homes. home is always better than snf.
transporting members in life center vans, members can get ther hair cut and styled, pt exercise, hot meal, and activities galore. st agnes even has washer/dryer to do laundry on site! along with resident animals for pet therapy.
ruby biggs is an example of america's looming problem - and of one solution.
how do we care for soaring numbers of old, frail people?
biggs is young by today's standards, just 73. but her arthritis is so bad that even with a walker she can take only a few steps and is still prone to falls. she has an ulcer, diabetes, memory loss. she has no husband, no children.
she is a classic american nursing home resident.
except she lives at home, alone - the beneficiary of a pioneering new program in long-term care that is taking off, especially in pennsylvania.
the program, life (living independently for elders), is designed to give people sick enough for a nursing home another option - to live at home, but get their medical care, socialization, and even a hot meal at a center in their community.
and at less cost than a nursing home....
programs outside pa are called pace ....check them out:
national pace association: home
nurseweek: set the pace : one-stop care program for the elderly ...
medicare link: program of all inclusive care for the elderly (pace)