Rethinking nursing homes. Some great ideas here.

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    Oct 11, 2015 7:32 PM GMT
    http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2015/10/inside-the-grand-of-dublin-a-nursing-home-designed.html

    Why do I keep posting about senior issues? One look at my pic and age will answer that. Plus all of the experience that I had taking care of ill parents over the last five years.
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    Oct 11, 2015 8:06 PM GMT
    I've never seen anyone your age who seemed so eager to put themselves in the cemetery. You're 62.....not 92! icon_confused.gif
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    Oct 11, 2015 8:17 PM GMT
    Radd saidI've never seen anyone your age who seemed so eager to put themselves in the cemetery. You're 62.....not 92! icon_confused.gif


    After the gym I'm boobalicious and geezerific, but then there are those other times icon_cry.gif when my tits be saggin', knees be hurtin', and I fart too much.
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    Oct 11, 2015 8:57 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    Radd saidI've never seen anyone your age who seemed so eager to put themselves in the cemetery. You're 62.....not 92! icon_confused.gif


    After the gym I'm boobalicious and geezerific, but then there are those other times icon_cry.gif when my tits be saggin', knees be hurtin', and I fart too much.



    Ummm, everyone feels like that at times. What's your point? You're fucking ALIVE so get out there and LIVE! Stop planning your demise. icon_confused.gif
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    Radd said
    freedomisntfree said
    Radd saidI've never seen anyone your age who seemed so eager to put themselves in the cemetery. You're 62.....not 92! icon_confused.gif


    After the gym I'm boobalicious and geezerific, but then there are those other times icon_cry.gif when my tits be saggin', knees be hurtin', and I fart too much.



    Ummm, everyone feels like that at times. What's your point? You're fucking ALIVE so get out there and LIVE! Stop planning your demise. icon_confused.gif


    "What's your point? "

    Point you ask? A PSA for other seniors here.
  • Apparition

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    Oct 12, 2015 6:28 AM GMT
    I always thought they should be in primary schools
  • metta

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    Oct 12, 2015 7:00 AM GMT
    I see a benefit for people in their last years but it also has a bit of an yuk factor...living in an artificial city. One good thing is the advanced physical therapy care that they offer.

    I was looking into a private dementia care facility last week just to get an idea of how much it was for my mom: $250/day, over $91k per year. Friends from Canada told me they have options for free care as well as one for 80% of their current income.
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    metta saidI see a benefit for people in their last years but it also has a bit of an yuk factor...living in an artificial city. One good thing is the advanced physical therapy care that they offer.

    I was looking into a private dementia care facility last week just to get an idea of how much it was for my mom: $250/day, over $91k per year. Friends from Canada told me they have options for free care as well as one for 80% of their current income.


    This is why we tried to do as much of it as we could at home. Both parents wanted to live at home until the end.

    However, by coming back here to be pretty much full time care giver, it cost me millions in deals lost by not being in LA.
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    Oct 12, 2015 6:59 PM GMT
    There's something like this in Europe (Holland or Belgium, I think) which is a whole village, so the folks can actually walk around in the streets (there are no cars), visit various "Businesses" etc.

    It is a cool idea in that I'm sure it is far healthier and more dignified, but there's a certain Truman Show element to it, too.
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    Oct 12, 2015 7:25 PM GMT
    ShiftyJK08 saidThere's something like this in Europe (Holland or Belgium, I think) which is a whole village, so the folks can actually walk around in the streets (there are no cars), visit various "Businesses" etc.

    It is a cool idea in that I'm sure it is far healthier and more dignified, but there's a certain Truman Show element to it, too.


    Yeah, I posted that, but can't find it now.

    These, and I'm sure there are many other concepts similar, are great ideas. These give dementia patients some semblance of normalcy.
  • LJay

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    Oct 12, 2015 8:18 PM GMT
    Good to be aware of what is available. The cost is hideous! Making yourself aware and making plans is a very good thing.

    Most people want to be at home. Easy to see why, but it is not always possible.
  • Breeman

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    Oct 12, 2015 8:45 PM GMT
    Good topic. I'm dealing with aging parents now. My father's memory is going. I'm thinking that may have more to do with the drugs he's on, and was on for so many years, and not so much age related memory loss. But that's a whole different topic.
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    Oct 12, 2015 10:39 PM GMT
    Except for the faux store fronts, it doesn't look any different from the ones that my Mom was in. They did have a rec room fixed up to look like a 1950's teen soda shop/hangout in a tacky sort of way. It always gave me the creepy feeling that some day I might get locked up in a "Saturday Night Fever" set. The horror...

    People who have not been through this may not realize that they are talking about three different levels of care here. The current model is something like:

    1. Independent living. You have your own apartment, and come and go as you please. The staff takes care of the cooking and cleaning, and there are often group activities and exercise programs.

    2. Assisted living. It's not safe for you to live alone any more. You still have your own small apartment, but the staff keeps track of your movements, takes over your medication, gets you to meals, and makes sure the doctors orders are followed. You probably see a nurse one or more times every day.

    3. Skilled nursing care. You are basically hospitalized but stable enough not to be taking up room in a hospital. You are under constant observation and care. You need help with everything - eating, bodily functions, moving around. These people can't do much more than hobble up and down the hallway, with assistance. A lot of the residents are transient, there for rehab after the hospital or waiting to die.

    Each one is progressively more expensive. Some facilities have two or all three types of rooms, usually in different wings.