In Seattle, amongst the discarded coffee cups and heads bent low to avoid the rain, there is a beautiful partnership brewing that spans generations: the Intergenerational Learning Center (ILC), housed within the walls of Providence Mount St. Vincent assisted living facility. This arrangement solves one of the underlying problems of our society– Continue reading
As I prepare for this post, and inevitably comb through the bevy of articles and assorted content about preparing your home for an Elder loved one moving in, I can’t help but notice that the list is always pretty much the same: Continue reading
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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” so the saying goes. Continue reading
One thing leads to the other, I believe. Keeping fit could aid greatly to one’s comfort–which reminds me–I’d better renew that underused gym membership of mine. The benefits of getting fit are manifold, but the problem is, I actually have to do it.
I tell you what, you write me back on this here blog, and I’ll match any exercise you, a loved one, or a patient with limited mobility does. Continue reading
It is incredibly difficult for me to put myself in the shoes of an elderly person. Is it awesome? Do you just chill out? Or is it desperately lonely and listless? A little of both? Am I a little bit terrified of the potential scenario? Honestly, yes. Yes I am. The odds are I will be bereft in one way or another: maybe without a driver’s license, maybe without the use of my legs, or maybe even without my spouse. My kids might live thousands of miles away, or our relationship might be strained, and, of course, they’ll be busy with their own lives. There are millions of Americans living these realities in their convalescence.
Would you let a robot (perhaps with the visage of a space-age bear) help you scrub up in the shower or tuck you in at night? It might sound silly, but several companies are investing millions to develop technology to do just that. The world over, as populations of developed countries continue to age, universities and research facilities are racing to find a breakthrough that allows for cost-effective, automated care for the elderly.
With the high burnout rate of caregivers, there is an absolute need for help of some type or another. But, for yourself—what would you feel like having a robot that eerily resembles a leprous Sarah Palin (or is it Tina Fey?) bring you your glasses, lift you into or out of bed, even console you if you feel lonely? I for one am not sold… yet. Of course, I am not the target demographic… yet. If not my main objection, my superficial objection is that so far, almost all of these human/animal-ish robots give me flashbacks of a bad experience at Chucky Cheese’s (I don’t really care to elaborate). And now some engineer wants to put a giant, moving plastic panda into my bedroom? Talk about uncanny valley. Is there anyone out there looking forward to potentially relying utterly on machines in their convalescence? I’d love to hear why. Updates, charging, viruses, oh my!
But, something’s got to happen, right? The numbers are pretty clear, especially in Japan, China, and parts of Europe. From a business perspective, it’s potentially great for the bottom line. Human employees have this pesky habit of requiring salaries, benefits and insurances, and of getting hurt, or tired, or having babies, and they take breaks, sleep, use the bathroom–on and on our limitations go. But, from a caregiver’s standpoint, it looks a lot like unemployment. And from a patient’s point of view, it seems pretty lonely and unsatisfying to say the least.
Being a caregiver, how will you know when it is time to intervene for the sake of fall prevention? Can you afford to wait until a fall has occurred? Or, is it imperative that you mitigate this risk by means of prevention? Think like your patient—would you like to avoid an injury if at all possible?
But how best to approach the timing of making changes? These situations can be delicate, as the dignity of those for whom you care is involved. There are, however, tools available to those who are proactive in their approach to fall prevention. By leveraging these assets, a balance can be struck between maintaining the autonomy of patients and ensuring their safety.
A major tool in assessing fall risk in hospital and long term care inpatient settings is the Continue reading
Welcome to the Personal Safety Corporation Blog. My name is Joshua Harmening. I am the blogger for Personal Safety Corporation and I look forward to opening this new line of communication with you, our customers.
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The aim of this blog is to educate and inform care facility administrators, purchasers, staff and families of patients in long-term care. In addition, we hope to help you create care plans that improve the lives of the people you care for, with a specific focus on fall prevention. We hope to provide you with information, insight, “food for thought”, and a place to go for: