Dying in lockdown

Tina Wallace has written a detailed and very personal account of her own day to day experiences, and those of her mother, living and finally dying in a care home, unable to have the normal interactions with friends and family. “The ties that bind are strong and so important. Losing them can literally be aContinue reading “Dying in lockdown”

What does it mean to live when we are aging or when we are dying? — I READ THIS BOOK…

As a pastoral care worker for my parish I visit parishioners who are in assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. What strikes me each time I go on a pastoral visit is not just the vast differences in living conditions at some of the institutional housing, but, and perhaps even more than the differences relating […]Continue reading “What does it mean to live when we are aging or when we are dying? — I READ THIS BOOK…”

Covid-19: A Swedish care home doctor’s perspective

This post written by a care home doctor who works in a small Swedish town. In other words, he is responsible for the wellbeing of frail elderly people living in care homes. He has treated a lot of patients with covid-19. Since the situation may be different in some other countries, it is useful toContinue reading “Covid-19: A Swedish care home doctor’s perspective”

Updated international report on COVID-19 related mortality in care homes

Key findings: Official publicly available data on the numbers of deaths among care home residents linked to COVID-19 is not available in many countries. International comparisons are difficult due to differences in testing capabilities and policies, different approaches to recording deaths, and differing definitions of what constitutes a “care home”. There are three main approachesContinue reading “Updated international report on COVID-19 related mortality in care homes”

Uncovering the Devaluation of Nursing Home Staff During COVID-19: Are We Fuelling the Next Health Care Crisis?

Published in June 2020 this item from the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association remains worth a read for all care home owners, managers/workforce and commissioners. As the COVID-19–related mortality rate of nursing home residents continues to rise, so too will the rates of mortality and morbidity of staff who care for them, aContinue reading “Uncovering the Devaluation of Nursing Home Staff During COVID-19: Are We Fuelling the Next Health Care Crisis?”

Being Old Is Not a Death Sentence, Even Now

Contrary to popular opinion, no one living in a nursing home needs to die of COVID-19. Seven months into the pandemic, a nursing home in Baltimore, Maryland, whose residents could be considered high risk — older African Americans, some chronically ill or disabled — has had zero deaths from COVID-19 and zero infections. Best practicesContinue reading “Being Old Is Not a Death Sentence, Even Now”

Don’t count, don’t care?

July 7, 2020/in 33.4, Current Issue /by integrate The rising numbers of deaths wrought by coronavirus in care homes shows vividly the low value still being placed on some people’s lives, writes Jan Walmsley Thousands more deaths were added to the Covid-19 figures from late April – those who had died in “care homes”. ThisContinue reading “Don’t count, don’t care?”