nursing homes http://michiganradio.org en More elderly people making plans for their final days http://michiganradio.org/post/more-elderly-people-making-plans-their-final-days <p>There’s been a big jump in the number of elderly people making living wills and other end-of-life directives.</p><p></p><p>Dr. Maria Silveira is a University of Michigan researcher. She says between 2000 and 2010, the percentage of elderly Americans with living wills or who gave a loved one power of attorney in health matters rose from 47% to 72%.</p><p></p><p>Silveira says the change may reflect different generational attitudes.</p><p></p><p>“I think this generation of older folks, Baby Boomers in particular, are more inclined to take charge,” says Silveira.</p><p></p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:22:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17111 at http://michiganradio.org More elderly people making plans for their final days Should Michigan 'rebalance' how it spends Medicaid dollars on long-term care? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-michigan-rebalance-how-it-spends-medicaid-dollars-long-term-care <p>AARP is out with <a href="http://www.aarp.org/online-community/people/showProfile.action?UID=640&amp;plckController=PersonaBlog&amp;plckScript=personaScript&amp;plckElementId=personaDest&amp;plckPersonaPage=BlogViewPost&amp;plckPostId=Blog%3a640Post%3ae8a07ea3-a2e3-4947-8a17-b87ae679297b">a proposal</a> this week that calls for targeting state Medicaid dollars to fund at-home care. The senior citizen advocacy group says the state&nbsp;could care for three people at home for the cost of one patient in a nursing home.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 14:12:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 6934 at http://michiganradio.org Should Michigan 'rebalance' how it spends Medicaid dollars on long-term care? Playground for senior citizens opens in Ohio http://michiganradio.org/post/playground-senior-citizens-opens-ohio <p>A community near Akron, Ohio <a href="http://www.ohio.com/news/local-news/playground-in-springfield-township-opens-for-seniors-1.243671?ot=akron.PhotoGalleryLayout.ot&amp;s=1.243670">opened a new playground last week</a> - one specially designed for senior citizens.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.ohio.com/news/local-news/playground-in-springfield-township-opens-for-seniors-1.243670">The Akron Beacon Journal reports</a> that the playground consists of eight pieces of low-impact athletic equipment designed for older adults.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 05 Nov 2011 18:15:10 +0000 The Associated Press 4846 at http://michiganradio.org Playground for senior citizens opens in Ohio State: "Disgusting" neglect cases not typical in MI nursing homes http://michiganradio.org/post/state-disgusting-neglect-cases-not-typical-mi-nursing-homes <p>An advocacy group says many nursing homes patients in the state have experienced severe neglect and abuse.</p><p>The Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service says one of the worst cases involves a resident who had to have maggots&nbsp;suctioned out of her throat, after she was taken to an emergency room because she was having trouble breathing.</p><p>Another resident had maggots infesting her body near her catheter.</p><p>But state officials said these are isolated cases, and most nursing homes do a good job caring for residents.</p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 22:25:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 4778 at http://michiganradio.org State: "Disgusting" neglect cases not typical in MI nursing homes 21% of Michigan nursing home patients neglected -MSU study http://michiganradio.org/post/21-michigan-nursing-home-patients-neglected-msu-study <P><A href="http://news.msu.edu/story/8826/">A new Michigan State University study</A> finds more than one in five Michigan nursing home patients is neglected.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;<STRONG>The study examined cases of physical neglect, in which the caregiver failed or refused to meet a resident’s needs of food, water, personal hygiene, clothing, medicine, shelter, personal safety or comfort.</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;L</STRONG><STRONG>ead researcher <A href="http://news.msu.edu/media/photo/2010/06/16c54fc8-b73c-4ff1-b1cf-35aca7339559.jpg">Zhenmei Zhang</A>&nbsp;is an assistant professor of Fri, 28 Jan 2011 17:30:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 1069 at http://michiganradio.org 21% of Michigan nursing home patients neglected -MSU study