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Dancing as Therapy in Elder Care Facilities

Elder Care Dancing as Therapy

As a national insurance wholesaler providing coverage for elder care facilities, it is important to stay abreast of rehabilitation methods. Dancing enhances both cognitive and physical abilities, so it is ideal as a method of rehabilitation. As people age, certain physical characteristics can change, and even decline. Staying active, both physically and mentally, can help slow the progression of disease and prevent decline in seniors.

Gait is considered the sixth vital sign. Any measure below 2 feet per second is of concern for older adults. Seniors with slow gait are more likely to be:

  • Dependent on others for care
  • Prone to falls and the resultant broken bones
  • Dependent on pain relief medication

With this in mind, researchers at the University of St. Louis looked into dance as a way to potentially increase and stabilize gait. Additionally, they wanted to find out if dance could help reduce pain and stiffness in the hips and legs in the elderly.

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Allied Health Professionals - The Next Major Health Workforce

Future of Allied Health

As a national insurance wholesaler for agents who serve allied health facilities, it is important that you understand the allied health field. One of the unique challenges faced by allied health facilities is significant and continuing growth.

Lead health professional of Public Health England, Linda Hindle, noted that allied health professionals might be the next major public health workforce in England, with more than 80,000 workers in private, government, education, and voluntary work. The growth has been significant in the United States as well, with more than 5 million workers providing 60% of the health care workforce in more than 80 different allied health professions. In addition, the number of US allied health professionals is expected to increase from 15-20% by the year 2020 according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics.

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Security in Elder Care Facilities

Elder Care Security

Facilities for seniors have some unique security challenges. Residents require protection along with the care and comfort they are provided. As a broker who provides service to agents addressing the coverage needs of elder care facilities, it is important for you to understand the security problems and requirements these facilities must address.

Violence has increased in our society. This has increased the challenge to provide a safe and secure environment for elder care facility residents. Additionally, technological advances have allowed facilities to employ sophisticated monitoring equipment, alarms, and security systems. Litigation also has had an impact on the security functions of personnel in elder care facilities.

Senior care facilities present some unique security challenges. When the elder care facility is establishing security, the following areas must be addressed to meet these challenges:

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Illinois State Regulations for Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted Living Regulations Illinois

Owners of an assisted living facility that houses 17 or more unrelated individuals in Illinois must be licensed by the state. Additionally, 80% or more of the residents must be 55 years of age or older. The facility must also be providing personal and health services twenty-four hours a day with staff assisting with personal needs such as dressing, eating, and hygiene.

Generally speaking, assisted living facilities are not for individuals who require more than one caregiver assisting them in their daily activities. Assisted living facilities are prohibited from admitting residents who pose a threat to themselves and others. Also, residents must need only minimal assistance moving to a safe area during an emergency.

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Establishing Web Presence for Elder Care Facilities

Elder Care Marketing

When we want to know something, we automatically do a Web search. It is quick, convenient, and provides current information. So, when a family needs to find assistance for an aging parent, or senior needs to make plans when they reach their golden years, they search the Web. They conduct searches for available options and the personal experiences of others. An Internet survey conducted by Pew indicated that 8 out of 10 caregivers have Web access, and 90% of those individuals use it for finding health information for someone else. Since seniors, their families, and caregivers utilize this resource, it makes sense for those providing elder services to create a professional, personal, and positive on-line presence.

A recent survey conducted by G5, a provider of services to senior living facilities, indicated that 75% of consumers do not trust what companies say about themselves; consumer reviews are twelve times more likely to be trusted. For this reason, a facilities website should not only include client’s positive comments and news articles related to the service you provide, but also objective informational content from external sources.

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