Every so often, Korrie Johnson closes her eyes and tries to forget that she is a healthy 25-year-old living in a nursing home surrounded by older people with dementia and other debilitating conditions. Time and again, reality intrudes. In the past year, more than a dozen of her new friends at the GracePointe Crossing nursing home in Cambridge, Minn., have died of various health problems. Staff wearing hospice badges pass through the hospital-like corridors outside her room. Propped on her pillow is a stuffed animal given to her by a resident just days before his death. “This is no place for someone my age,” said Johnson, who has cerebral palsy and limited mobility of her limbs. “I love these people, but I feel like I’m missing out on life every day that I’m stuck here.” Johnson dreams of living in an apartment of her own, but the bright and outgoing young woman has been forced to put her dreams on hold because she can’t find enough home health … [Read more...] about Shortage of home health workers forcing young Minnesotans with disabilities into institutions
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A Morecambe care home will be opening its doors to the community as part of a celebration of the care sector. Anchor’s Eric Morecambe House on Harrow Grove will be participating in Care Home Open Day on Friday April 20 and Saturday April 21, along with thousands of care homes across the country.Care Home Open Day is an annual event aimed at encouraging members of the public to see the high quality care in their local care homes.This year the theme is linking communities and is a great opportunity for people to visit their local care homes, see what they do and ask them any questions they may have about care.David Wood, community partnership manager, said: “We hold a host of activities throughout the year to keep residents mentally and physically stimulated. “Many of the events involve bringing the outside community into the home. Care Home Open Day is part of this packed activities programme. “We’re really proud of what we have achieved over the last year. … [Read more...] about Morecambe care home open day
close Video Former first lady Barbara Bush in 'comfort care' Barbara Bush will no longer seek treatment for her failing health after a recent series of hospitalizations; Casey Stegall reports from Texas. After a series of recent hospitalizations, former first lady Barbara Bush will not seek further medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care for her failing health, according to a statement released by the family spokesman. It’s heartbreaking news. The beloved former first lady, now 92, has been the rock of her family – including her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, and son, former President George W. Bush. Mrs. Bush even campaigned for son Jeb Bush during his 2016 presidential run. As the matriarch of a family with five children, 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, I have no doubt that Mrs. Bush is surrounded by an abundance of love and support at this time. And according to the statement, her unwavering faith in God is … [Read more...] about Dr. Manny Alvarez: Barbara Bush focusing on comfort care — What does this mean?
Published 8:01 am, Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Home health services help maintain senior independence 1 / 1 Back to Gallery (BPT) - Staying healthy and out of the hospital is a top priority for the majority of seniors. However, as you age, you may need additional care to meet your medical needs after an illness, injury or exacerbation of a chronic health problem. Fortunately, this doesn't necessarily mean a long hospital or rehab stay, thanks to home health service options. For Yoko and Kenneth Gilbert, both age 84, home health services provided important care when they needed it the most. After an injury caused by a fall Yoko needed nursing care for her wounds. She also needed physical therapy to regain her ability to get around. Her husband's help could only go so far, but he could not provide the professional care that she required, so at her doctor's advice, she decided to get home health services. What … [Read more...] about Home health services help maintain senior independence
Former county councillor Tony Jones had six very important words to say when he made a return visit to County Hall this week - thank you for saving my life. It was in September that Coun Jones collapsed in the main council chamber, just moments after making an emotional speech at an extraordinary meeting of the full council.It is estimated he had no pulse for 41 minutes after suffering a cardiac arrest. The former Morecambe North councillor later had a quadruple heart bypass at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.He was back to thank in person those who helped directly in the moments after his collapse - Labour County Councillor John Fillis, BBC Radio Lancashire political reporter Mike Stevens, the council’s cleaning facilities manager Matthew (Matt) Dean and the ambulance service.He also wanted to stress the importance of early intervention in the case of a cardiac arrest and launch a new first aid training programme called Lancashire Lifesavers.He said: “The … [Read more...] about Thanks for saving my life says Tony