May 15 marks Nursing Home Week


During Nursing Home Week, Life Care Center of Hilo will offer free health screenings and a special, fun food demonstration by Derek Kurisu and George Yoshida of “Seniors Living In Paradise.”

Kurisu and Yoshida will take the stage at 6 p.m. on May 15 and offer a food demonstration for the residents, family members and community members. Call Life Care Center of Hilo at 959-9151 and ask for Social Services for further information.

During the 1900s, hospitals were crowded with patients who no longer needed acute health care. Many patients were frail and elderly and suffering from chronic conditions — no longer sick enough to require hospitalization, but too sick to be in the community away from nursing supervision.

Nursing facilities gradually developed in a response to the increased need of a medical establishment prepared to focus on just the elderly and the aging process.

In 1965, Medicare and Medicaid came into existence and along with these programs came federal nursing facility regulations. The first set of standards was authorized by Congress in 1967. These standards were updated in 1980, 1987, 1990, and frequently since then. Nursing facility regulations focused on “providing each patient with care that will enable the patient to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial wellbeing.”

More recently, the emphasis highlights that the patient is not a patient but a “resident” and the nursing facility is a “nursing home.”

Life Care Center of Hilo, at 944 West Kawailani St., has been serving the Island of Hawaii since the 1970s. Its mission is “old-fashioned aloha, with modern rehabilitation.” The staff receives ongoing training to provide up-to-date care

Life Care is celebrating Nursing Home Week all during the month of May, with a long list of festivities for the residents and their family members. In addition to the usual celebrations, this year the trained professional staff will be offering several free community services on Wednesday, May 15, from 3 to 6 p.m. Nurses will be available for blood pressure screens. Social Service workers will be performing memory checks. Rehabilitation staff will provide balance checks. Tours of the newly renovated outpatient rehabilitation facility will be provided by appointment throughout the week.

Mina Pharmacy will provide free medication review for all participants, so bring your prescription medication and over-the-counter medications, herbs and alternative choices for review.

 

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