Change can be very tricky to affect. So many road blocks exist in the world of of eldercare; from institutional norms, to policies and regulations, to the existing culture of a home, to simple human inertia (an object at rest tends to stay at rest).
I didn’t make it to the Gerontological Society of America conference this week, but McKnight’s reports that a study was presented highlighting the frequent episodes of “resident-on-resident mistreatment” in nursing homes, affecting as many as 20 percent of those residents every month. The “acute urgency” of the problem was stressed in the talk.
New research cited by McKnight’s shows what we have been teaching for years… relationships matter, especially healthy working relationships between care partners. We define care partners as everyone involved in providing care for an elder including professional staff, family, friends, and the elder herself.