Positive Signs of Change in Hospital Care for Seniors
While visiting an elderly family member in the hospital last month, I was pleasantly surprised by these signs posted on the wall of her room:
Hourly Rounds Explanation
Close Up of Repositioning Schedule Guidelines
Repositioning Schedule (Left-Back-Right)
She also sported an orange neon wristband which alerts all staff at a glance when a patient is a potential fall risk. Hospitals are finally becoming more sensitive to our aging population’s needs! I was especially gratified to see the sign about repositioning because my mom had an ongoing battle with bedsores at the end of her life. In spite of excellent caregivers and as much wound care as possible, her 95+ year old skin just kept breaking down.
Have you seen other signs of sensitivity to seniors’ health care in hospitals, doctors’ offices, or pharmacies recently? Please share them in the Comments section below.