Do The Elderly Get Enough Medical Care?

Recent studies have documented the perception that older adults receive less medical care than younger people. A report published in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that in a controlled study at five Boston hospitals, people older than 80 received about $12,000 less in care than did patients younger than 50. This was true …

Poor Nursing Home Staffing-Residents Are Dying

In 2003, two nursing home residents were admitted to a nursing home in New York with pressure sores. Both residents were given care plans that included regular skin assessment, turning and positioning.Staffing rations and quality of care are strongly related. Residents need staff for nutrition, disease management and turning and positioning to prevent pressure sores. The 1996 Institute of Medicine …