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How to fall-proof your body and your home

Liz Taylor has a review of two complementary books

Geared to older people and their families, rather than professionals in the health-care field, both books are highly readable with large print and no medical jargon, amply illustrated and easy to understand.

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Bethel’s assisted living home construction 2006

July 15, 2006
Assisted living home construction could begin soon
By Katie Baldwin, Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp.

Construction on an Assisted Living Home in the YK Delta for elders and adults with disabilities may be just beyond the horizon….

Currently, elders who need this type of comprehensive health care are forced to move to facilities in Anchorage or Fairbanks….

In November of 2001, several local agencies met to discuss the establishment of an assisted living home in Bethel. … Preliminary drawings were made and the City of Bethel approved a 30-year land lease at a site located south of the Lu-Lu Herron Building [sic] on Ptarmigan street.

YKHC has obtained $8.3 million to fund the project. However, the funding requires a 30 percent match. …

The 18-bed facility will be a congregate residential setting with personal and health care services, including 24-hour supervision and assistance.

At the request of the Denali Commission, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation resubmitted their business plan on Friday, June 30. Construction plans will be made later this summer, pending the Denali Commission’s final analysis.

The anticipated completion of the project is 2008.

Lulu Heron Congregate Home was opened in 1997, and is built and run by AVCP Regional Housing Corp. It was supposed to be the long-awaited assisted living housing. For some reason, it was never deemed as meeting regulations for an AL facility. It is currently just rental housing, although the elderly and low-income get first crack. To the left in the photo is the location of the assisted living home to be built by Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp. and the City of Bethel. It was promised to open Sept 2005!!

[The Betty Guy Memorial Nursing Home Fund is an entirely separate project of volunteers, deliberately NOT affiliated with the city or other local institutions. People have been collecting money for this much needed facility for over 10 years. The effort is locally run, organized, and will be controlled by the elderlies themselves. Those wishing to, may contribute to the fund at First National Bank in Bethel, Alaska.]

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Nursing Home Quality Monitor

The Consumer Reports Nursing Home Quality Monitor, formerly known as the Consumer Reports Watch List, identifies nursing homes that are likely to provide better-quality care and those likely to provide poorer-quality care.

The guide itself is available at

Alaska has just one nursing home on the list, and it is listed as a no-no.


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Think ahead to stay safe at home

Think ahead to stay safe at home
Most people say they want to live at home as they get older yet few have a clue about the complexities involved….

Liz Taylor mentions seven major barriers to address. Some of these are familiar, such as isolation or safety mods. But the need for a reliable person to monitor in-home care (patient advocate) isn’t usually anticipated. A crucial yet often neglected step is to prepare oneself to determine when it is time to move. All of the Growing Older columns are available at www.seattletimes.com/growingolder.

  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Physical activity
  • Malnutrition
  • Oversight: I firmly believe no one should have in-home help without a close friend or family member available to monitor. If you have no one like this to call on, I recommend hiring a geriatric-care manager (see last Monday’s column) to serve in this capacity.
  • Safety
  • Live in the right house (structural arrangement)
  • Know when to move

Almost Home-Broadcast Premiere

http://itvs.org/shows/broadcast.htm?showID-1055

from Fwd: [aging_initiativ] January 2006 US EPA Aging List Serve -Feb. 21, 2006 at 10 pm ET on PBS

Shot on location in a nursing home, Almost Home tells real stories of aging: couples bonded and divided by disability, children torn between caring for their aging parents and their own families, attendants doing unsavory work for poverty wages and a visionary nursing home director committed to changes that could shuck the nursing home stigma. Almost Home is scheduled for Tues., Feb. 21, 2006 at 10 pm ET on PBS’ Independent Lens Series (check local listings at http://itvs.org/shows/broadcast.htm?showID-1055). DVDs of Almost Home and clips from the program may be obtained free of charge for educators and others in the aging field, while supplies last, by contacting Lauren Burke, laburkeATuwmDOTedu.

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