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Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 21, 2021 10:45:00 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic swept the nation, killing more than 184,000 residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. The post pandemic response to this massacre has been confusion, doubt, and indecision on the part of the elderly and their caregivers about the use of long-term care facilities.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, social workers, what social workers do, Covid-19, Long Term Care, Post Pandemic

The Shadowy World of Nursing Homes Post COVID-19

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 9, 2021 10:46:20 AM

It is undeniable that most of us prefer not to look too closely at what goes on in nursing homes across the country. In fact, unless we have a need of nursing home services for ourselves or for our elderly loved ones, we hardly notice them at all. This, of course, is a natural aversion to sickness, aging, and death. However, after COVID-19 ravaged the elderly population in nursing homes, infecting 654,000 residents and killing 132,000 elderly Americans, social workers began to take a closer look at how nursing homes are run and how we can improve the service they seek to provide.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, social workers, Covid-19, Elderly

Elder Fraud... A Growing Problem

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 28, 2021 11:30:00 AM

We were surprised by the results of our recent mini-poll, when we asked six case workers serving our elder population what they considered the most pressing current problem elders are facing. 3 out of 6 (50%) said, "internet scams". Internet scams?! What’s going on now? What kind of scoundrel would cheat the elderly out of the last of their nest egg?

Case workers tell us that the shameful practice of scamming seniors is on the rise. With the elderly population growing, seniors racked up more than $3 billion in losses this past year. Case workers say that the heart-breaking irony of elder fraud is that seniors are targeted because they tend to be trusting and polite.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, Case Workers, seniors, Elderly, Elder Fraud

Long Term Care 2020

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 24, 2021 11:30:00 AM

Everyone knows how the pandemic walloped the elderly in 2020. Nursing homes became the epicenter of COVID-19 deaths. No, Mr. Sinatra, it was not “a very good year” for the elderly.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, Covid-19, Nursing Homes, Elderly, Long Term Care

You Can Improve Senior Care, with Social Services Software

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 25, 2019 6:55:00 AM

Our senior population continues to grow, with the aging of the baby boomers. And with the glut of older citizens comes a glut of issues that elder care workers must deal with. There are health issues – both physical and mental. Muscles and bones get weaker, senses start to fail – hearing, eyesight, even touch, taste and smell, in some cases. And then there’s the loss of mental facilities. About 10% of people over 65 suffer from some form of dementia and it goes up to 32% for those over 85.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, case management workflow, case load, social services software, social services, case manager stress relief, senior care

A Guide to Fall Prevention When Aging in Place

Posted by GVT Admin on May 22, 2019 8:49:02 AM

Our friend, Kent Elliot has submitted a great guide to our blog that I wanted to share with you today.  Read on to learn about fall prevention best practices that can help seniors age in place safely. In the article he covers a variety of topics, including which home modifications help prevent falls, tips on lifestyle changes that aid in fall prevention, and more.  

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, healthcare issues

How to Discuss End-of-Life Arrangements with a Loved One

Posted by Harry Cline on Jan 4, 2019 9:21:53 AM

Throughout life, we may find ourselves having difficult conversations with our loved ones. There is never an easy way to approach these, and some can be upsetting to even think of. Discussing end-of-life arrangements is perhaps one of the hardest to reconcile, yet it can be one of the most important conversations we can have.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, home health care, human kindness, end-of-life arrangements

A Wake-up Call for the Coming Home Health Care Crisis

Posted by GVT Admin on Oct 10, 2018 4:56:53 PM

The San Francisco board of supervisors recently introduced a budget measure that would raise the minimum wage for nonprofit and in-home supportive service workers from $15/hour to $17/hour. When challenged, the board justified the $13 million added annual expense to the city budget by citing the crisis the home healthcare field is experiencing in San Francisco. It is bleeding workers daily.

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Topics: Government, Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, Nonprofit General, nonprofit mission, nonprofit sustainability, human services, home health care

Hospice Care:  Sound Medical Practice

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 20, 2018 3:28:50 PM

 

The Hospice movement is a humanitarian, patient-centered protocol that is still striving for complete integration into main stream medical practice. Traditional medical regulations, policies, protocols, and cultural norms are geared toward  improving the patient’s health and, at the very least, maintaining current levels of patient functioning. Even the metrics used by skilled nursing facilities to assess the quality of care are not congruent with end-of-life care.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care

Undiagnosed Dementia Statistics Rising

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 16, 2018 10:13:00 AM

Research shows that most people currently living with dementia have not received a formal diagnosis. In high income countries, only 20-50% of dementia cases are recognized and documented in primary care. This ‘treatment gap’ is certainly much greater in low and middle-income countries, with one study in India suggesting 90% remain undiagnosed. If these statistics are extrapolated to other countries worldwide, it suggests that approximately three quarters of people with dementia have not received a diagnosis and, therefore, do not have access to treatment, care and organized support that getting a formal diagnosis can provide.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, mental health

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