Article on POLST Featured in Caring for the Ages

We are seeing a number of developments for the better in elderly care at the moment. More and more people are building granny flats next to their homes so that they can keep a close eye on their elderly relatives. You can check out brick granny flat prices in Sydney to see if this might be an affordable option for you and your parents. When it comes to care at home, more than 30% of seniors over the age of 65 fall at least once a year. Those situations can become very dangerous and it’s recommended to install a medical alert system in your home to prevent that. Let’s Say Thanks reviewed the most popular options on the market to help you decide which provider to use. Of course, the other alternative is to consider moving your loved one into a nursing home that can cater for their needs better than what you may be able to. At this time in their lives, some elderly people are as active as ever and decide to move into a senior living home, like this independent living palm beach gardens facility to live the rest of their lives. This will benefit elderly people who are able to live independently and those that very rarely experience a slip and fall accident. When it comes to care homes, POLST is taking precedent. California POLST Leader and NPPTF Executive Committee Chair Judy Thomas, JD, has written an article on advance care planning and POLST for Caring for the Ages, the official newspaper of the American Medical Directors Association. In the article, Thomas writes about the need for, and the benefits from, advance care planning. In addition, she discusses the role of POLST Programs in advance care planning, noting that POLST really works. She writes:

A 2010 study analyzed the medical records of more than 1,700 nursing home residents in Oregon, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, and found that POLST helped ensure patients received only the care they wanted. Patients with a POLST form that stated they wanted to focus on relief from pain and suffering were 59% less likely to receive unwanted treatments, such as hospitalization, than those who had only “do not resuscitate” orders. Patients with a POLST form requesting full treatment received the same level of treatment as those patients with default documentation leading to full treatment.

We’re excited to see the attention paid to POLST in this article and that the way POLST works is addressed. Please read this article and share it widely!

To read the article at Caring for the Ages, click here.

To read the article on the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California website, click here.