We hear more bad stories about nursing homes than the good ones. Today, we are going to tell you a great one for a change. At the Austinburg Nursing & Rehab Center, Ohio, a hospice worker, Josh Woodward, recognized his music teacher in one of the residents. Mary Redmond taught him how to sing and play the piano when he was a kid. This young man knows how to lift her spirits and does it every day. He is a true blessing for Mary. Please, SHARE.
Today, nearly 6% of older adults live in residential facilities that provide a wide range of care. Before the nineteenth century, there were no age-restricted institutions for long-term care in the US. The
elderly, who needed shelter because of incapacity, poverty, or lack of family often ended their days in an almshouse. Welcoming the insane, the drunkards, the homeless, these facilities were described as “halfway houses between society and the cemetery.”
In the beginning of the nineteenth century, women’s and church groups began to establish special homes for the elderly. Concerned about individuals of their own ethnic or religious background spending their last days alongside the most despised members of society, they established asylums, where the elderly people were treated with care and kindness. Such facilities required substantial entrance fees and certificates of good character. Throughout the nineteenth century the numbers of elderly residents in such shelters was very limited. In 1910, the state of Massachusetts, reported 2,598 persons residing in these asylums. The great majority of residents were widowed and single women who had lived most of their lives as citizens of the state.
In 1880, 33% of the national almshouse population consisted of of elderly individuals, by 1923 the proportion had increased to 67%. In New York City, in 1903, the Charity Board renamed its public almshouse the Home for the Aged and Infirm.
It’s been agreed that all elderly individuals would eventually need support, and the Social Security program saw the light of day. In 1965, Medicare and Medicaid influenced the growth of the nursing-home industry. Between 1960 and 1976, the number of nursing homes grew by 140%, nursing-home beds increased by 302%, and the revenues received by the industry rose 2,000%. By 1979, 79% of all institutionalized elderly persons resided in commercially run homes. In 1972, reforms of Social Security established a single set of requirements for nursing facilities supported by Medicare.
By 2000, nursing homes had become a 100 billion dollar industry.