How Can Older Adults Stay Safe During a Heat Wave?

#elder-care, #elderly, #global-warming, #heat-and-heat-waves, #medicine-and-health

Dementia Is a Place Where My Mother Lives. It Is Not Who She Is.

Thinking of it this way creates a boundary between me and the treacherous drop of despair.

#alzheimers-disease, #dementia, #elder-care, #nursing-homes

What We Lose Communicating Through Text in a Pandemic

When my mother got Covid in April 2020, I learned what we lose over text.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #nursing-homes, #parenting, #text-messaging

Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?

The pandemic has given a new urgency to the development of robots and ‘virtual assisted living’ that can help care for aging adults, physically and emotionally.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #nursing-homes, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #robots-and-robotics, #university-of-minnesota-duluth

Ukrainians Far From Home Struggle to Protect Family With Dementia

Millions of Ukrainians have been displaced since the war started. Many elderly or disabled people have been unable or unwilling to leave their homes.

#australia, #dementia, #elder-care, #elderly, #france, #medicine-and-health, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Nursing Homes Are in Crisis. We Can’t Look Away Any Longer.

The for-profit industry is not providing adequate care for the vulnerable.

#elder-care, #ferrell-betty, #for-profit-industry, #internal-sub-only-nl, #national-academies-of-sciences-engineering-and-medicine, #nursing-homes, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states

Covid Outbreak at Shanghai Hospital Exposes Risks to China’s Seniors

Coronavirus infections have spread at an elder care facility in Shanghai. Workers said deaths are increasing and resources dwindling.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #elder-care, #elderly, #hospitals, #quarantines, #shanghai-china, #tests-medical

Home Care Workers Deserve a Living Wage

A plan for higher home care wages under consideration in New York State could offer a model for how we can care for older people.

#elder-care, #fair-pay-for-home-care, #home-health-care, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-state, #shortages, #wages-and-salaries

How the ‘Whole Life’ Movement Challenges the Politics of Left vs. Right

A conversation about a coalition that combines opposition to abortion with advocacy for health care access and a living wage.

#abortion, #alzheimers-disease, #dementia, #elder-care, #euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide, #internal-sub-only-nl

Meet the Underdog of Senior Care

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, funded by Medicare and Medicaid, has quietly succeeded in enabling some older Americans to age in place.

#archcare, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #jersey-city-nj, #medicaid, #medicare, #nursing-homes, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

‘I Don’t Dare Get the Shot’: Virus Ravages Unvaccinated Older Hong Kongers

Covid has surged through nursing homes in Hong Kong, but older residents are still among the city’s least vaccinated and the most skeptical.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #hong-kong, #nursing-homes, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization

These Memory Care Workers Went on Strike to Save Lives

After a spate of deaths, a group of health care workers in Oregon decided that to save lives, they needed a union.

#elder-care, #national-labor-relations-board, #nursing-homes, #oregon, #organized-labor, #service-employees-international-union, #strikes

Families of Veterans Who Died of Covid Win $53 Million Legal Settlement

The New Jersey nursing home settlement is believed to be the first of its kind nationwide.

#compensation-for-damages-law, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #elder-care, #holyoke-soldiershome-holyoke-mass, #menlo-park-veterans-memorial-home, #new-jersey, #new-jersey-veterans-home-at-paramus, #nursing-homes, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #veterans

Notes From the End of a Very Long Life by New York’s Oldest

With the death of Ruth Willig at 98, a Times series on a set of the oldest New Yorkers — chronicled over seven years in 21 articles — offers their lessons on living with loss.

#content-type-personal-profile, #death-and-dying, #elder-care, #elderly, #longevity, #mekas-jonas, #moses-helen-1924, #new-york-city, #willig-ruth-1923

A Nursing Home’s First Day Out of Lockdown: An Update

Residents in West Virginia shared their feelings about being allowed to mix again after months of isolation.

#audio-positive-happy, #elder-care, #nursing-homes, #west-virginia

How to Improve Nursing Home Care

Readers discuss problems such as underpaid and overworked staff and suggest remedies. Also: Inspired by bell hooks; Trump in the shadows.

#elder-care, #elderly, #hooks-bell, #nursing-homes, #presidential-election-of-2024, #trump-donald-j

How Nursing Homes’ Worst Offenses Are Hidden From the Public

Thousands of problems identified by state inspectors were never publicly disclosed because of a secretive appeals process, a New York Times investigation found.

#centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #medicare, #nursing-homes, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Omicron Threatens the Old. Nursing Homes Must Act Now.

Whatever the variant may mean for the young, it’s already clear that it can be deadly for the old.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #elder-care, #elderly, #immune-system, #nursing-homes, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #vaccination-and-immunization

Families Cheer, Some Doctors Worry as Nursing Homes Open Doors Wide to Visitors

The federal government recently lifted most visitation restrictions at nursing homes. But concerns linger that a full reopening could leave residents vulnerable to another coronavirus surge.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #nursing-homes, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

On Rikers Island, A Doctor for Older Detainees

Insights from Dr. Rachael Bedard, a jail-based geriatrician.

#bedard-rachael, #content-type-personal-profile, #doctors, #elder-care, #elderly, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

Sure, Biden’s Plan Costs a Lot of Money. But the Price of Inaction Is Higher.

Tell Senator Manchin that failing to deliver is more than we can afford. 

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #democratic-party, #elder-care, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-of-representatives, #manchin-joe-iii, #paid-time-off, #senate, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Blue and Red States Deal With Covid

About a Ross Douthat column suggesting that liberal states are being too stringent and should move toward normalcy. Also: Women and finances; aging prisoners.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #prisons-and-prisoners, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #women-and-girls

Democrats’ Plan Takes Gender-Neutral Approach to Family Policies

Compared with its peers, the U.S. has little in the way of family policy, but where it exists, it has mostly treated men and women the same. The Democrats’ plan would cement that.

#american-families-plan-2021, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #elder-care, #family-leaves, #parenting, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

Short on Staff, Some Hospices Ask New Patients To Wait

“It causes huge distress to tell a family, ‘We can’t serve you,’” said one state hospice organization director.

#death-and-dying, #elder-care, #elderly, #home-health-care, #hospice-care, #labor-and-jobs, #national-hospice-and-palliative-care-organization, #nursing-and-nurses, #shortages, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

A Racial Disparity in Schizophrenia Diagnoses in Nursing Homes

Diagnoses for the disorder have soared in the past decade, driven in part by a loophole in regulations. A new study shows the impact has been more severe for Black Americans.

#black-people, #dementia, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elder-care, #mental-health-and-disorders, #nursing-homes, #schizophrenia

Tallying the Cost of Growing Older

Researchers have been studying how much care American adults will require as they age, and for how long.

#center-for-retirement-research-at-boston-college, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #long-term-care-insurance, #nursing-homes, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Long Hours, Low Pay, Loneliness and a Booming Industry

The ranks of home health aides are expected to grow more than any other job in the next decade. What kind of work are they being asked to do?

#americare, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dessin-yvette, #elder-care, #home-health-care, #labor-and-jobs, #medicaid, #monah-helen, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #working-hours, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

The Use of Antipsychotic Drugs in Nursing Homes

A professor, a psychiatrist and a nurse react to a Times investigation. Also: A modern Civil War; a more confident child.

#american-psychiatric-assn, #children-and-childhood, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elder-care, #mental-health-and-disorders, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #pain-relieving-drugs, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #vaccination-and-immunization

Joe Manchin Is Missing the Big Picture on Spending

Infrastructure isn’t about the price tag. It’s about what the money gets us.

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-tax-credits-and-stipends, #children-and-childhood, #elder-care, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #stevenson-betsey, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Hidden Shame in Nursing Homes

A Times investigation suggests that strict rules on the use of antipsychotic drugs in elder care have a gaping loophole.

#audio-negative-sad, #bed-sores, #dementia, #elder-care, #nursing-homes, #south-carolina

Phony Diagnoses Hide High Rates of Drugging at Nursing Homes

At least 21 percent of nursing home residents are on antipsychotic drugs, a Times investigation found.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-and-human-services-department, #mental-health-and-disorders, #nursing-homes, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #schizophrenia, #sedatives, #your-feed-healthcare

Singapore-based caregiving startup Homage raises $30M Series C

Homage, the caregiving-focused startup, has raised a $30 million Series C led by Sheares Healthcare Group, which is wholly-owned by investment firm Temasek. Other participants included new investors DG Daiwa Ventures and Sagana Capital, and returning backers East Ventures (Growth), HealthXCapital, SeedPlus, Trihill Capital and Alternate Ventures.

The new funding will be used to develop Homage’s technology, continue integrating with aged and disability care payer and provider infrastructure and speed-up its regional expansion through partnerships with hospitals and care providers. Homage currently operates in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

The Singapore-based company’s services include home visits from caregivers, nurses, therapists and doctors; telemedicine; and services for chronic illnesses. One of the reasons Homage’s platform is able to scale up is its matching engine, which helps clients, like older adults and people living with chronic conditions, find providers who are best suited to their needs (the final matches are made by Homage’s team).

The startup says the round was oversubscribed and one of the largest fundings raised by an on-demand care platform in Southeast Asia and Oceania so far. It brings Homage’s total raised to more than $45 million.

As part of Series C, Sheares Healthcare Group chief corporate development officer Khoo Ee Ping will join Homage’s board of directors.

Homage now has a regional network of more than 6,000 pre-screened and trained care professionals. It claims that its business outside of Singapore has grown more than 600% year-over-year in 2021, and it has more than tripled revenue over the past year.

#asia, #caregiving, #elder-care, #fundings-exits, #health, #homage, #singapore, #southeast-asia, #startups, #tc, #telemedicine

Coach Coughlin and the Caregiver’s Love and Heartbreak

Readers are moved by the football coach’s account of caring for his seriously ill wife and offer personal stories and advice.

#caregivers, #coughlin-tom, #elder-care

Louisiana Nursing Home Residents Describe Squalor at Evacuation Center

Hundreds of residents were sent to a warehouse ahead of Hurricane Ida. Sanitation was poor, and they slept on mattresses on the floor.

#elder-care, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nursing-homes

Off the Field, at Her Bedside, Where I Should Be

I’ve spent my life preparing for the biggest games a person could play, but nothing prepares you to be a caregiver who has to watch a loved one slip away.

#elder-care, #football, #marriages, #new-york-giants

Nursing Homes Face Dilemma: Vaccinate Staff or Don’t Get Paid.

A new policy from President Biden will require all nursing home workers to be vaccinated against Covid. Facilities that fall short could be penalized or lose federal funding.

#american-health-care-assn, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #nursing-homes, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Who Will Take Care of America’s Caregivers?

Family caregivers contribute billions’ worth of free labor to the economy each year. They need relief.

#baby-boomers, #elder-care, #labor-and-jobs, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

For Seniors Especially, Covid Can Be Stealthy

With infections increasing once more, and hospitalization rising among older adults, health experts offer a timely warning: a coronavirus infection can look different in older patients.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coughs, #elder-care, #elderly, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Nobody Wants to Live in a Nursing Home. Something’s Got to Give.

America needs more infrastructure for the elderly.

#aarp, #elder-care, #elderly, #green-house-project, #medicare, #nursing-homes

Papa co-founder lands seed funding for a second swing in eldercare: UpsideHōM

Jake Rothstein spent nearly six years scaling Papa, a Miami-based company that offers care and companionship to seniors. The business, which pairs elderly Americans with uncertified-yet-vetted pals, helps offer casual services, such as technology support, grocery delivery or even a fun conversation. It has raised upwards of $91 million in venture capital to date.

The company gave Rothstein a deeper look into the priorities of older adults and families as they go through the aging journey. And while Papa was about meeting the elderly where they are, it seems that a few years in, the co-founder began to think of a more complex question: What if “where they are” isn’t as supportive as it should be 24/7?

Rothstein left Papa in January 2020 to launch a more modern take on senior living communities. UpsideHōM is a fully managed, tech-enabled living space for older adults in the United States. After Rothstein and his co-founder Peter Badgley completed a year of beta testing, the duo announced today that they have raised a $2.25 million seed round for UpsideHōM, led by Triple Impact Capital and Freestyle Capital, with participation from Techstars.

Alongside the funding, UpsideHōM announced its next big bet, dubbed a relaunch, that will sit atop its fully furnished apartments that sit throughout Raleigh, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Tampa and South Florida: a software platform to take out all the clutter from move-in and maintenance. The platform will give residents one spot to chat with their house manager, pay bills and access perks such as on-demand tech support, house-keeping and companion visits thanks to a partnership with Papa. The company also offers add-on services and amenities, including freshly prepared meals, grocery delivery, fitness programming and accompanied transportation.

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Image Credits: UpsideHōM

Part of UpsideHōM’s focus is in creating personalized solutions. Elders are diverse in age, needs and financial circumstances — which means the turnkey solution needs to be easily adaptable to service needs when they pop up. The company needs to be careful though: It can’t offer traditional caregiver services due to state by state compliance; instead Rothstein describes the offerings as supportive services, not in replacement of health assistant caregivers.

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Image Credits: UpsideHoM

When the company first launched, it was betting on a more unconventional idea.

“I thought, let’s solve loneliness even more completely than what Papa is doing by building in companionship,” Rothstein said, instead of letting people order it on demand. The company decided to offer roommate matching services for elders as one of its core services, alongside the aforementioned assisted living characteristics. It didn’t fully stick. Over half of inbound participants responded to the marketing efforts by saying that they liked the idea, but didn’t want to share the space. Today, 50% of UpsideHōM’s business covers individuals or people with spouses or significant others; the other half covers those looking to share units.

The synergies between UpsideHōM and Papa, Rothstein’s previous company, are clear beyond an overlapping customer base. Papa offered up to and almost including actual care, stopping at traditional care-giving services, which require their own vetting and compliance measures. UpsideHōM offers up to and almost including traditional senior living services, but gives supportive services instead of assisted living services, which similarly have their own logistic hurdles to figure out.

As for why Rothstein didn’t just launch supportive living services as a new product vertical within his earlier company, he chalked it up to the “tremendous” opportunity in the former, which warranted it’s own company. He also said that customer acquisition looks different between the two companies.

“At Papa, what we found was that acquiring customers in this space was incredibly challenging [so we went through] the Medicare Advantage route,” he said. “But senior living is a completely different segment.”

The millions in new venture capital money are coming as UpsideHōM prepares for aggressive growth. While the company did not disclose revenue or total residents, it did say it has hit 1,000% in new resident headcount in the first half of 2021 as a vague proxy. As the startup prepares for its next phase of growth, the co-founders will need to focus heavily on sustainable customer acquisition.

Rothstein thinks that downsizing elders into homes that work for them is a simple argument to make.

“You can age in place for as long as it’s practical, but there’s going to be a day and time when it’s not gonna be practical,” Rothstein said. “Why would you want to make this decision after you’ve broken your hip, after you run out of money or after your spouse died?”

#elder-care, #freestyle-capital, #jake-rothstein, #papa, #real-estate, #recent-funding, #startups, #tc, #triple-impact-capital, #upsidehom

What the Covid Rookies Saw

As coronavirus tore through New York, a group of medical students graduated early to help the hospitals under siege and found courage they didn’t know they had.

#bronx-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #elder-care, #grief-emotion, #hospitals, #manhattan-nyc, #medical-schools, #montefiore-medical-center, #mount-sinai-medical-center

Will Congress Abandon America’s Seniors?

Republicans are right that elder care only loosely counts as infrastructure. But something must be done about it.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #baby-boomers, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #elder-care, #elderly, #home-health-care, #infrastructure-public-works, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Covid Pandemic Forces Families to Rethink Nursing Home Care

Even with vaccines, many older people and their relatives are weighing how to manage at-home care for those who can no longer live independently.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #families-and-family-life, #home-health-care, #medicaid, #nursing-homes, #your-feed-healthcare

The Debate Over What ‘Infrastructure’ Is Is Ridiculous

Both snarled traffic and a morning without a home health aide can make you late for work.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-labor, #children-and-childhood, #elder-care, #elderly, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #work-life-balance

Rosie Could Be a Riveter Only Because of a Care Economy. Where Is Ours?

The men and women who went to work and war during World War II were backed by the care economy — we need one too.d

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #elder-care, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #republican-party, #united-states-economy, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Biden Takes On Sagging Safety Net With Plan to Fix Long-Term Care

The proposal to spend $400 billion over eight years faces political challenges and a funding system not designed for the burden it has come to bear.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #disabilities, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #labor-and-jobs, #medicaid, #wages-and-salaries

5 Health Care Jobs on the Rise

Occupations in the industry are increasingly in demand because of an aging population and longer life spans.

#accreditation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #hospice-care, #labor-and-jobs, #massage, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #united-states-economy

Turning Away From Nursing Homes, to What?

Covid-19 has driven down Americans’ demand for senior care facilities. Building support for more elders to remain at home requires systemic changes.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #medicaid, #medicare, #nursing-homes, #retirement

As Cuomo Sought $4 Million Book Deal, Aides Hid Damaging Death Toll

Gov. Andrew Cuomo boasted, “I am not a superhero,” in early versions of his book, drafted as his aides scrubbed a politically damaging Health Department report.

#american-crisis-leadership-lessons-from-the-covid-19-pandemic-book, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #crown-publishing-group, #cuomo-andrew-m, #deaths-fatalities, #derosa-melissa, #elder-care, #new-york-state, #nursing-homes

Behind Closed Doors, ‘the Difficulty and the Beauty’ of Pandemic Hospice Work

“I did not really understand when people would ask, ‘Why me and why my family?’” a hospice chaplain said. “Now I was asking the same questions.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #death-and-dying, #elder-care, #express-inc, #grief-emotion, #home-health-care, #nassau-county-ny, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture