Nursing homes for elderly and those suffering with senior-related conditions such as Parkinson’s, Altzheimer’s and dementia, are becoming an increasingly popular choice for family member caretakers. The entire nursing home industry has progressed in leaps and bounds over the years – a trend that will not be slowing down any time soon – due to advances in technology and a greater understanding of senior needs due to the baby boomer generation.
What can nursing homes offer that at home care is less able to? In places like Queens, New York, facilities such as the Dry Harbor Nursing Home have staff regularly interacting with residents, bolstering their brain functioning. Even – and indeed especially – with those who have dementia, ecopsychosocial interaction occurs where by residents are asked about their interests, how to celebrate the life of one of their friends who has passed on, what music they like, past vacation memories etc.
But this runs deeper than just simple engagement. What happens with this approach is that those suffering from cognitive issues and memory loss will slowly be imbued with a greater sense of independence and control. The fundamental idea is that those with these cognitive issues are treated holistically and not just as a patient.
When looking at this from a business perspective, the senior home choice also makes sense. Getting the best care and the best opportunity to live a higher quality of life makes more sense than having these individuals “treated” in different places at different times. This all-encompassing treatment that occurs at places such as the Dry Harbor Nursing Home, provides for a one-place environment to better care for our elderly members.
Indeed, at the recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC 2017) held in London, American, British and Israeli researchers presented data from four trials showing how this type of treatment had substantially improved quality of life and had even been able to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs. As well, residents were more able to care for themselves.
Nursing homes are definitely much more geared to a) approach seniors from a holistic perspective and b) enhance quality of life for longer.