Stories of tragic neglect and abuse fill the archives of this blog, because it is important to raise awareness of the plight faced by so many victims stuck in bad nursing homes. At the same time, some facilities (though still too few) are taking important steps to improve care for the residents whose lives are dictated by their decisions. Some facilities are reevaluating their approach to consider residents’ overall quality of life.
For example, the Chicago Tribune reported yesterday on Glenview’s Maryhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The facility has participated in a test-study examining ways to improve the lives of nursing home residents suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The study tested new ways of providing care for these patients with a focus on simply improving the day to day living experience of the sufferers.
One general goal of the care is to get facilities to focus on comfort care rather than standard aggressive treatments that have found to offer little to no medical benefit. In addition, many family members of residents are encouraged to engage more fully in the new care programs. Pain medications are used in better ways under the new treatment programs as well. Care givers are encouraged to ensure that pain is prevented before it spikes, instead of only after the victim wallows for a time. Facilities using the new techniques actually saw a reduction in the need for psychotropic medications.
With the total number of Alzheimer’s patients expected to rise to around 7.7 million over the next two decades, it is vital that nursing homes understand how to provide the best care possible to these residents. Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti are encouraged by all stories of facilities that pro-actively reevaluate their outdated and often harmful practices. Too many residents continue to suffer daily from care providers who fail to treat residents as normal human beings in need of the same outlets to interact with others and share their passions. Hopefully many more facilities follow this lead.
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