Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Will your nursing home survive the culture change and MDS 3.0?

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Maybe you hate Bing Crosby and “Wheel of Fortune,” or you’re sickened by mashed potatoes and contrived fun.

Maybe your ideal day would include the History Channel, surfing the Internet, liquor with dinner, and a healthy dose of alone time.
Or maybe you’d enjoy watching “Oprah,” eating Italian food, listening to lively music and playing late-night poker with friends.

And maybe someday, if you’re lucky enough to live to an age when you need assistance with these activities, you’ll realize your ideal day — the food, songs, pastimes, TV shows and people surrounding you — won’t have changed that much.

Or maybe it will, if you lose your appetite, can’t tolerate loud music anymore, or have trouble staying awake past a certain bedtime.

The point is this: You’re a unique individual, distinguished by particular habits, preferences, desires and abilities — even when you’re old.

Perhaps this is why the term “nursing homes” — and the sterile, depressing image it conjures — has been disappearing from our lexicon, making way for “care homes” and “communities.” The new terms emphasize a more personal, less hospital-like existence.

This conceptual makeover is just one reflection of an ongoing culture change in the long-term care industry. The goal is now to
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