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Michigan Radio

Tracy Samilton

30 April 2021

Oregon, United States

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Michigan is struggling to retain direct care workers due to poor pay, lack of benefits, and challenging work environments and responsibilities. In Oregon, however, an organizing campaign that allowed voters to have a ...

Health Affairs

Rob Waters

1 March 2021

United States

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Throughout the U.S. a group of nursing homes known as Green House Cottages are providing a model of care through their patient-centered architecture, philosophy, and organization. Unlike the typical nursing home, each...

Associated Press

Colleen Barry

Luca Bruno

24 December 2020

Italy

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In Italy, the “Santa’s grandchildren” program is helping to connect nursing home residents with volunteer grandchildren for visits and gifts during the holiday season. While the coronavirus pandemic has caused the mee...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Lily Bernheimer

11 December 2020

United States

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An alternative model to nursing homes is offering an innovative option that provides a comfortable, warm, and inviting environment to residents while also minimizing the spread of coronavirus. Green House Project (GHP...

North Carolina Health News

Thomas Goldsmith

20 November 2020

North Carolina, United States

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When nursing homes in North Carolina realized that the coronavirus pandemic had arrived within the state, facility managers and staff began enacting measures to prevent the spread of the virus amongst their residents....

Berkeleyside

Frances Dinkelspiel

25 June 2020

Berkeley, California, United States

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City officials in Berkeley have recently implemented a mobile testing site for Covid-19 to better reach vulnerable populations throughout the region. Although the physical testing site will remain as the central point...

Scranton Times-Tribune

Frank Wilkes Lesnefsky

17 March 2020

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States

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To help residents in nursing homes stay connected with their loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic, a nursing home in Pennsylvania has started using Facebook as a means to share photos and messages. Although the ...

The National

Priti Salian

7 January 2020

Duisburg, Germany

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Connecting with art enriches the lives of patients struggling with dementia and Alzheimers. Across Germany, several programs are using art to stimulate the minds of an aging population. At the Lehmbruck Museum in Duis...

Making Contact

JoAnn Mar

8 May 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Senior citizens can often face many barriers when trying to set up end of life care, and this is exacerbated for minorities due to language and cultural barriers. On Lok Senior Health Services, however, is a program n...

TVO

Dylan Klempner

11 February 2019

Fenelon Falls, Ontario, Canada

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The inclusion of music makes for a more healthful long-term care environment. The nonprofit organization, the Room 217 Foundation, helps lessen the effects of isolation suffered by seniors living in nursing facilities...

Pacific Standard

Charlee Catherine Dyroff

17 July 2018

Kotzebue, Alaska, United States

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In the northernmost nursing home in the U.S.,the Hunter Support Program has existed for more than two decades in an attempt to provide traditional foods to Kotzebue, Alaska's elders. While the program has faced roadbl...

Apolitical

Anna Louie Sussman

18 June 2018

New Zealand

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Undervaluation of care work stems from gender bias. A labor union brought this argument to court in New Zealand and won big. The settlement nearly doubled wages for workers, which has led to the added bonus of less st...

The Guardian

Anna Leach

7 June 2018

United Kingdom

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A good pampering can feel fantastic. Beauty and wellness experiences such as pedicures and massages are particularly special for women and men in care homes, lifting moods and helping individuals express themselves. “...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Susie Armitage

6 June 2018

Hamada, Japan

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Small towns in Japan like Hamada are recruiting single mothers in an effort to boost their declining population, and care of their aging one. They recruit single mothers by offering them jobs at the local nursing ho...

The Washington Post

Patricia Kime

26 May 2018

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The Medical Foster Home Program places military veterans with chronic, debilitating diseases into foster homes rather than assisted living facilities. These homes must meet strict regulations and the caregivers must b...

WFPL News

Elizabeth Kramer

11 February 2018

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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A program called Time Slips is aiming to make nursing homes in Kentucky hubs for artistic expression and creativity. They are tracking how expressing creativity and engaging in art therapy improves residents' health o...

Richland Source

Tracy Geibel

9 August 2017

Richland County, Ohio, United States

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Apollo Healthcare Services has started an elder caregiver support group in Richland County, OH. The intent of this support group is to give caregivers an outlet to voice their frustrations or experiences that accompan...

Kaiser Health News

Susan Jaffe

31 July 2017

United States

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Congressional Republicans' push to reduce Medicaid funds is a threatening proposition to the people who use its services. Medicaid funds services at home which allows people to live at home instead of in a nursing hom...

Bloomberg CityLab

Tiffany R. Jansen

2 October 2015

Deventer, Overijssel, Netherlands

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More retirement and nursing homes are asking college students to move in, an arrangement that benefits everyone. Students stay free of charge in exchange for volunteering to help the seniors.

The Marshall Project

Maura Ewing

27 August 2015

New York, New York, United States

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The U.S. prison population is aging, which is costly because older inmates need more care. Some states have responded by creating special wards, having the young inmates care for the old, or building nursing homes.

Wyoming Public Radio

Melodie Edwards

5 June 2015

Dixon, Wyoming, United States

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These days, most rural communities in the U.S. are elderly communities - 15 percent of Wyoming’s population is over 65 and a high percentage of them live on ranches in small towns. New caregiver programs allow seniors...

PBS NewsHour

Carey Reed

5 April 2015

Deventer, Netherlands

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A Dutch nursing home brings together students and seniors with an innovative housing plan: offering rent-free apartments to students. In exchange, the students must partake in nursing home events for at least 30 hours...

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