Caring for America's frail elderly
is one of the most honorable professions in the world, and residents in nursing homes should be treated with honor.
Caring for the frail elderly
should never be about just amenities; rather, as administrators must remind themselves every day, it's about humanity.
Although the PACE model represents a radical change in the way healthcare is organized, paid for and delivered, one of the strengths of the model is that once the focus shifts from reimbursement to coordinating care, PACE makes sense from the perspective of the provider, the government and frail elderly
individuals and their families.
In many cases, they are not recognized, since adverse drug events among the frail elderly
can be fairly complex.
In the United States, standard carpeting was too difficult for frail elderly
to negotiate and for facility operators to keep clean.
As it is now, we probably don't realize how closely the type of long-term care options we are willing to have the government provide to our poor, frail elderly
today mirror the options we will have available in our own future.