Hartlepool MP Mike Hill has expressed his reservations about plans to create a health village on the town’s hospital site. Mr Hill met with Tracy Woodall, Chief Executive of Alice House Hospice, which is involved in the proposals for an area vacant of land adjacent to the University Hospital of Hartlepool.The MP says he supports the Hartlepool Constituency Labour Party’s position on the issue which opposes any commercial housing development on the hospital site.The health village proposals, also involving housing provider Thirteen, include plans for 73 new bungalows and 18 assisted living apartments for the over-55s.The hospice says it is “a truly unique opportunity” for somewhere people can stay all of their lives with support on hand when they need it.But Labour say they are not specifically for health and social care purposes and could pose a threat to any future expansion of the hospital site which has seen a number of services disappear in recent times.Mr … [Read more...] about MP meets hospice chief over plans for health village on Hartlepool hospital land
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A row has broken out between Hartlepool’s Labour Party and the town’s hospice leaders over a proposed health village on hospital land. Housing provider Thirteen and Alice House Hospice are working together on proposals for 73 bungalows and 18 assisted living apartments for the over 55s on eight acres of land next to the University Hospital of Hartlepool.Hartlepool Constituency Labour Party (CLP) has passed an emergency motion objecting to any homes being built on hospital land after the hospice advertised for nursing staff in connection with the health village.They say the land should only be used for health and social care purposes and to boost facilities at the hospital.Tracy Woodall, chief executive of Alice House Hospice, says that is exactly what the proposed development aims to do.Labour’s motion reads: “Any development or dwelling on land occupied by the University Hospital of Hartlepool site, intended for any purpose other than health and social care … [Read more...] about Row over plans for ‘health village’ on land at Hartlepool’s hospital site
Hannah Flamm, The Washington Post Published 8:01 am PDT, Friday, August 10, 2018 A year and a half ago in a Texas nursing home, I met an 84-year-old resident with dementia named Felipa Natividad. Her sister, Aurora Suarez, told me that the staff dosed Natividad with Haldol, an antipsychotic drug, to ease the burden of bathing her. "They give my sister medication to sedate her on the days of her shower: Monday, Wednesday, Friday," Suarez said. "They give her so much she sleeps through the lunch hour and supper." A review of Natividad's medical chart confirmed the schedule. Suarez said she had given her consent to use the drugs because she feared that the staff would not bathe her sister enough if she refused. But when Suarez saw the effect they had, she had second thoughts. She expressed them to the nursing home, but Natividad was taken off the antipsychotics only after she was placed in hospice care. She died a few months after my interview. Her family, seeing her in a … [Read more...] about Why are nursing homes drugging dementia patients without their consent?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByRobert Pear June 24, 2018 WASHINGTON — Congress and the Trump administration are revamping Medicare to provide extra benefits to people with multiple chronic illnesses, a significant departure from the program’s traditional focus that aims to create a new model of care for millions of older Americans. The changes — reflected in a new law and in official guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services — tackle a vexing and costly problem in American health care: how to deal with long-term illnesses that can build on one another, and the social factors outside the reach of traditional medicine that can contribute to them, like nutrition, transportation and housing. To that end, the additional benefits can include social and medical services, home improvements like wheelchair ramps, … [Read more...] about Medicare Allows More Benefits for Chronically Ill, Aiming to Improve Care for Millions
When my mother prayed - when she remembered what prayer was - she asked every saint to please let her die in her sleep. In late 2016, my mom died that way, in her own bed, one week past her 101st birthday. One of my sisters and I were curled around her, asleep ourselves.My mom's death was perfect, and hospice helped. But her dementia made enrolling her and keeping her in hospice nearly impossible. She died during her second stint in hospice.The year she died, I had reached out to a hospice and palliative-care agency because my mom seemed to be heading downhill fast.A gerontologist had diagnosed my mom with late-stage dementia and encouraged us to place her in nursing care. My mom needed help with dressing and using the bathroom. She wasn't bedridden, but bone-crunching osteoarthritis and worsening cognitive issues kept her marooned in a chair. She could feed herself once a plate of food was set in front of her. She spoke, but not a lot, unless she was in full-blown agitation.By then, … [Read more...] about At 100, my mom had dementia and needed hospice care. Getting it was nearly impossible.