Oldest Resident in Your LTC

  1. I'm curious to know how old the oldest folks are in your Long Term Care...or the oldest you've seen and the condition they were in...

    Where I work there are 70 residents...of them...

    105 years old...spunky, crawls out of her wheelchair under the seatbelt to go to the washroom

    104 years old...not so mobile anymore, but interesting none the less...has a 2 hour "get ready for bed" routine each night using beauty creams and getting her sidestream

    102 years old...new admit 5 days ago...walking (quite well too) and there is some discrepancy about his birth records...he may be actually 104! This man does not look a day over 85!

    101 years old...practically comatose...she passed away a few weeks back, she'd moved into the home in 1983 or 1984.

    We also have quite a number of other folks who are 95+ in age.

    Really makes me scared to drink the water in this town! :roll
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  3. by   tattooednursie
  4. by   FutureRNMichael
    We have several who are in there 90's. All females by the way! Keep in mind this is an assited living. It's odd because the older the person(In most cases), the more mobile and 'with it' they seem to be compared to other residents 10 or more years younger.

    One thing I naturally noticed, being a male, when I started working at my job, all the women seemingly outlive the men. All the ladys husbands died years ago while there still alive and kcining with a good nother 5-10 or more years in 'em. I am not looking forward to getting old, to say the least.
  5. by   Genista
    Cute stories. I had a med/surg patient a few years ago... dx w/ pneumonia who was 105 years old. She could ambulate the room with a walker. I remember helping get her up at dinner.Her two sons (in their late 70s) came by for a visit. The lady was a&o x 3, sharp as a tack. ;-) If you're going to live to 105, that's the way to do it! I've seen folks in their 70s doing a lot worse. I have a soft spot for the "over 90" crowd.
  6. by   debralynn
    had a patient that was 100 from LTC. She had recently quit being ambulatory, but we had to put pads on her siderails to keep her from climbing out of bed. She would tell me stories about when she was a little girl. God I admire her! If I live that long, I hope I am just like her!
  7. by   KaroSnowQueen
    A few years ago I worked in an LTC, and we had one lady who, when she died was 109!!! She was bedridden but still had her mind.
    There was a man, who was 102 when I left and just was getting to the place he needed assistance with his daily grooming, shaving, that sort of thing. He still got out and walked to the dining room every day for lunch.
  8. by   nursemouse
    In my LTC days, I had a beautiful 110-year-old patient named Toni. She would tell me the most beautiful stories of traveling in a covered wagon with her family to the west; she was like a living history book. She had never cut her hair, and cared for it herself, keeping it in a perfect silver braid. One day she told me that she was "tired" and ready to see her husband again. She died peacefully in her sleep within a week.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    When i was in nursing school and did my stint in the nursing home, the oldest resident was 108. And SHARP as a tack. Sad she had to be there, but she outlived all our relatives and friends and had nowhere else to go....small town.
  10. by   gizzy76
    Thanks for sharing so far everyone...wonderful people they all sound like! I know I still get slightly flabbergasted when the 102 year old man goes whizzing by me in the dining room. It's hard to believe that he was 75 years old when I was born!

    Also, I'll add, this man was living in a Lodge before he came to us last week. Pretty much independent. Blows my mind!
  11. by   Just Angi
    Our oldest is 110. Her name is Sunie and she never married or had children. She still gets up everyday, but has lost the ability to speak anything coherent, she just smiles and kind of giggles all day long. She does help stand and walk to get to her wheelchair. She's probably laughing at all of us.
  12. by   oramar
    I heard an explanation once as to why so many people who live to be 90+ are in such good shape. That is in comparison to people in there 70s who have so many health problems. The answer had something to do with long life genes. People who are genetically predisposed to long life have realitively disease free lives and are in good shape at advanced age.
  13. by   Paprikat
    Ours is 101, will be 102 in October and except for being very deaf, she does everything.
  14. by   gizzy76
    Thanks again

    ...on a sad note though, our 104 year old passed away today...She will be missed!