Where There’s Rarely a Doctor in the House: Assisted Living

The patient moved into a large assisted living facility in Raleigh, N.C., in 2003. She was younger than most residents, just 73, but her daughter thought it a safer option than remaining in her own home.

The woman had been falling so frequently that “she was ending up in the emergency room almost every month,” said Dr. Shohreh Taavoni, the internist who became her primary care physician.

“She didn’t know why she was falling. She didn’t feel dizzy — she’d just find herself on the floor.” At least in a facility, her daughter told Dr. Taavoni, people would be around to help.

Full story at the New York Times

CARE CEUs: Offering Company CEU Plans

Company CEU Plans

CareCEUs is now offering company CEU plans! These CEU plans are for companies or organizations who want to ensure their employees stay current with their credentials and licenses by offering them continuing education hours purchased by the company at greatly reduced rates. Here’s how it works:

1. A representative from the company sets up a company CEU account and purchases a block of hours

2. The representative can create employee accounts that can log in and use the site

3. When an employee passes an exam, the hours will pull from the remaining, company block of hours

It’s quick, easy, and affordable. Go to: Care Company CEUs to get more info and get started.

For these new plans and more CEU courses, visit Care CEUs

How Safe are Elderly and Disabled People in Assisted Living Programs?

Older adults and disabled people are some of the most vulnerable in our society, not least because they’re often isolated in care facilities when their families are no longer able to meet their needs. Tragically, the decision to place a family member in care increasingly has to be accompanied by worries about abuse, thanks to a growing list of shocking exposés of horrific activities in care homes. The Center for Investigative Reporting, PBS, NPR, and many other journalism organizations have peered deep into the heart of American care facilities and what they have found has been enough to send chills down anyone’s spine.

In California last year, a sustained investigation of facilities for developmentally-disabled adults ultimately prompted major reforms from the state after California Watch exposed sexual assault, rape, physical abuse, neglect and torture of disabled people in California facilities. The Center for Investigative reporting has highlighted similar issues in California’s eldercare facilities, indicating a systemic problem.

Notably, in both cases, journalists documented a widespread disinterest in investigating reports of abuse and neglect. To clear a huge backlog of cases, the state effectively pressured investigators to “close” cases without ever leaving their desks, let alone actually investigating. Consequently, many suspicious deaths went without ultimate closure and justice, and more importantly, the perpetrators of crimes against elderly and disabled residents of institutions were allowed to continue to working in these environments with vulnerable people.

Full story of elderly and assisted living programs at Care2