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New Geriatric-Centered Emergency Rooms Shed Light on What’s Wrong With Current Elder Care

Finally some hospitals seem to get it.

According to a recent report by MSNBC, a new breed of emergency room is emerging, catering specifically to elderly patients. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals 65 years and older typically make up nearly 25 percent of adult emergency room visits, and once there, they are also the most vulnerable patients. These new hospital wings aim to afford the best possible care to that demographic.

The fact that hospitals are beginning to find ways to assist the older generation and make accommodations for their comfort is illustrative of a shift towards catering to the health needs of the growing aging population, reports MSNBC. These geriatric-centered emergency department, or geri-eds, will be opening in healthcare facilities across the country, undoubtedly bringing with them new expectations for the standard of care for elderly patients.

Some of the features in these geriatric wings include such things as thick mattresses to prevent bedsores, skid-proof floors, and curtains designed to produce less noise, as well as a quieter and calmer setting where they can wait and receive care from professionals specially trained in elderly care, says MSNBC. So long as the patients meet certain clinical criteria such as the ability to remember their names or not needing resuscitation, older patients will be able to experience the comfort of these specially designed rooms.

The advent of these units arrives poignantly at a time when Illinois nursing home negligence is possibly at its most severe. Despite the fact that many state and federal regulations, such as the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, have been established to protect the elderly in these settings, gross violations occur every single day, tragically compromising the health, well-being and dignity of some of our society’s most at-risk members.

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