Jan 25, 2015

Louisiana prisons expand inmate medical care through video conferencing

10-15-2013 Louisiana:

The Louisiana Department of Corrections has drastically expanded an online medical program in which doctors treat prisoners through video conferencing.

The department plans to take the number of offenders treated by telemedicine from 3,500 to 20,000 in the coming year. The shift is part of Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to privatize state-run hospitals and medical clinics. Inmates traditionally received their more advanced or specialized treatment at those charity facilities.

The Department of Corrections provides primary physician care to offenders on site at state prisons. But officials now use video conferencing and other online services when inmates need to see medical specialists, like cardiologists and neurologists.

For example, an inmate who had recovered from a heart attack or cancer, and only needs routine check-ups to monitor their health, could seek treatment through telemedicine.

Dr. Raman Singh, medical director for the Department of Corrections, said telemedicine is supposed to supplement the traditional patient-doctor encounter. Offenders can go off site for doctor visits if needed, but a larger telemedicine program should cut back on the need for many outside medical trips.

Jan 11, 2015

Legislative report may help state enact law to define role of senior centers

1-11-2015 Connecticut:

NORWICH - A newly released state senior safety zone report that used a rescinded Montville ordinance as its template may provide a legislative blueprint to enact changes in Connecticut law, including modifications to the sex offender registry and a definition of the role of senior centers.

The study, released Jan. 1 and conducted by the General Assembly’s Commission on Aging, is the first of its kind in Connecticut and it looked at several areas, including the percentage of sexual offenders whose victims are elderly people.

According to its findings, of the 4,364 reported sexual assaults between 2009 and 2013, 57 – or 1.3 percent – were victims older than 60. But because the state’s population is aging, officials worry the pool of targets may grow.

“I felt all along we needed to have some legislation out there and I think this validates what the concerns were,” said state Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, the task force’s co-chairwoman. “We’ll work on that collaboratively together out of that report.”

The task force found that by 2040, Connecticut’s population of people 65 or older is projected to grow by 57 percent. Already, state residents have the third highest life expectancy in the nation, at 80.8 years old.

Jan 7, 2015

Study Exposes Nursing Home Residents’ Aggression Against Each Other

1-7-2015 Ohio:

COLUMBUS, Ohio--When people talk about abuse in nursing homes, they generally are referring to staff members victimizing the elderly.

But researchers say an even more pressing, prevalent problem might be the violence that can — and does — erupt between residents.

According to a new study by Cornell University, nearly one in five people living in nursing homes is involved in at least one aggressive encounter each month.

“These altercations are widespread and common in everyday nursing-home life,” said Karl Pillemer, PhD, a professor at Cornell and at the Weill Cornell Medical College and a co-author of the study.

Staff Often Unaware

Resident-to-resident mistreatment is under-reported to the point that, at some long-term-care centers, “staff members seem almost unaware,” Pillemer said.

Nursing homes provide care for about 1.5 million older Americans nationwide, including about 90,000 in Ohio. By 2030, the number of U.S. adults 65 and older will more than double, to about 71 million.

Jan 4, 2015

I'm in search of long term care placement in a facility for a sex offender who also has medicaid as primary payer.

1-4-2015

I'm a social services assistant. I've had no luck with calling and asking the facilities that I am aware of. I would appreciate any advise.

Answer:
What state are you in? What is the primary ailment of the the person? Does he have dementia? Is he a veteran? If he's a vet, I would call the nearest Veteran's hospital to see if they have any referrals.

I'm in NC and I would contact the Murdock Hospital in Butner, NC. They treat and house many types of patients, even those who are inmates. I would imagine they have referrals for other psychiatric facilities. I think that's where I would start, since it may be difficult to obtain acceptance at a regular long term care facility.

You might also call your local jail and ask them where they send inmates who have mental health issues. If this person does not have mental health issues, but just age related decline or physical ailments, I'm not sure what I would do. That's a tough situation.

I'm curious as to what you find out.
Answer:
Proctor Hospital opened a geriatric psych unit in 2012. Either there or at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.
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