Friday, March 6, 2009

Welcome to the Future of Long Term Care

There is one trend in long term care that has been a long time coming, and that is improving the overall atmosphere of the facilities. Whereas the term “nursing home” might conjure images of drab interiors and equally drab food, the past couple years have illustrated a trend in the right direction. Long term facilities all over the nation are opting to bring more life into the homes through spa-like services, home-like d├ęcor and gourmet foods, all within a neighborhood setting.

We work with many healthcare companies, and one of the most important things these companies can do is serve each resident with dignity and care. The trend toward a more resort-like setting is simply an extension of this. Establishments that have made these upgrades report positive changes in residents’ behaviors — they are more likely to engage in activity and maintain a level of optimism. And that sense of optimism is contagious, making life within those walls more enjoyable for everyone.

I think this is one trend where everyone wins. Companies that can move past the hospital-like model and evolve into one that embraces modern luxuries will gain appreciative residents, and who doesn’t want that? Living in a comfortable, accommodating environment should be a given — I am glad to see things shifting this way.

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