Dually Noted from around the web

April 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Health disparities and seniors
The Community Catalyst blog takes a look at “the social, health and economic disparities experienced by the older adult population.” Expanding on an article in the most recent issue of Generations, the blog discusses how African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans receive lower-quality care, how increasing the value of caregivers can address disparities, and the many issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender seniors.

MA mental health patients now have a “Right to Fresh Air”
Just before he left the governor’s office, Deval Patrick signed a bill giving Massachusetts mental health patients “the right to reasonable access to the outdoors.” This “Right to Fresh Air” joins five other rights afforded mental health patients under Massachusetts General Law: the right to send and receive mail; the right to receive visitors of your “own choosing daily and in private” at reasonable times; the right to reasonable access to a telephone to make and receive confidential calls; the right of an attorney as well as advocacy, whether legal or otherwise; and the right to a humane psychological and physical environment.

Nursing home costs continue to rise
Genworth Financial’s annual “Cost of Care” report finds that “the cost of staying in a nursing home has increased 4 percent every year over the last five years.” For this year, the average cost of a private room in a nursing home stands at $91,250 a year, up from $87,600 last year. In addition, Genworth finds that, on average, “one year in in an assisted-living facility runs $43,200. A year of visits from an agency’s home health aides runs $45,760.”

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