There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that antipsychotic medication is overprescribed for patients with dementia. Antipsychotic medications were created years ago to treat serious mental health conditions such as schizophrenia. Over time, these drugs came into use to treat dementia patients with symptoms that put them and others at risk, including physically aggressive behavior and wandering.
However, research shows these drugs are not effective for most dementia behaviors, and can cause unnecessary and sometimes dangerous side effects. Experts agree that all dementia patients on antipsychotics should have their medical plans reviewed, since some patients may benefit from either reducing or stopping the medication.
Chris Alburger is the first person to be named the LGBTQ Chaplain Resident at Hebrew SeniorLife. The position, funded through a generous grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, represents the first time a clinical pastoral education (CPE) program has educated a chaplain resident specifically for LGBT senior care.
Peace of mind is an important factor when choosing long-term chronic care for yourself or a loved one.
In the interview below, Sakhonh Kheuamun, Director of Security and Emergency Operations at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston and Victor Furtado, Director of Security and Emergency Operations at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, talk about the measures Hebrew SeniorLife takes on both campuses to keep patients safe without compromising their freedom and dignity.
1. Tell me a little bit about your background. Describe the education and training you received to become head of security.
At Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, we believe our patients deserve to receive care in an environment that reflects current best practices and provides for outstanding clinical care with all the comfort and choice of home. This is exactly why we are working to revitalize the top level of the Berenson Allen Building at our flagship Boston location, bringing it into alignment with the renowned patient-centered, compassionate care we provide.
The current phase of the project is being supported by generous leadership gifts from Deanna and Sidney Wolk, the Theodore W. & Evelyn G. Berenson Charitable Foundation, and Helaine Berenson Allen.
It’s no secret that getting out and about can become harder with age, especially for seniors with complex health conditions. But this doesn’t mean that meaningful recreation has to go out the window. At Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC), staff from Life Enhancement, Nursing, IT, and the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) have come together with volunteers and family members to help launch a creative solution to this dilemma.
May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month, a time when Hebrew SeniorLife, the Institute for Aging Research, and health care providers all over the country work to promote good bone health through prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis, and to educate vulnerable populations on risk factors.
At Hebrew SeniorLife Home Care, when seniors are referred for visiting nurse services, they receive a registered nurse case manager to oversee and coordinate all their care.
Why is this important? The case manager develops a comprehensive plan, which might include transitions to other areas of service, during home care and afterwards. A patient might need physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and home health aide services – and the nurse case manager helps coordinate all that.
Hali Diecidue, Senior Staff Chaplain at Hebrew SeniorLife, has a simple motto, ‘serve G-d with joy.’ That motto has lead Diecidue to add a unique introduction to her Friday nondenominational Sabbath service.
Everyone knows that a hospital visit can be stressful for even the healthiest person. But what you may not know, is that many patients - seniors especially - can be severely affected by the stress of a hospital visit or stay, and can often end up displaying signs of delirium. Delirium is a state of confusion that can develop following illness, infection or surgery, and is one of the most common complications in hospitalized patients over age 65.
Though delirium itself is temporary, it has serious long-term effects. The good news is, in many cases, there are relatively simple ways that hospital staff and family members can work together to prevent delirium.