There Are Few Places For Low-Income Seniors With Dementia To Turn Other Than Nursing Homes
Some families say their loved ones don't need the level of care offered at a nursing home -- and say that it's an unnecessary drain on state resources.
California Is Expanding Care Options For Boomers With Dementia — But Still Falling Short Of The Need
For low-income seniors who can’t afford care at home and don’t want or need the full medical services of a nursing facility, the state’s few options aren’t enough to meet demand. A middle-ground choice — assisted living — requires special permission under government rules and is available to fewer than 4,000 Californians, although state health officials and lawmakers are both proposing increases. (Gorn, 6/15)
In other public health news —
San Francisco Chronicle:
San Mateo County Schools Step Up Suicide Prevention Efforts
A health simulation company called Kognito developed the program as training for teachers in middle schools to recognize at-risk behavior, and it’s one of several new tools being used by Bay Area schools to combat teen suicide since the passage of AB2246. The bill, which has been implemented over the past school year, requires school districts to adopt suicide prevention plans and policies for grades seven through 12. (Ravani, 6/18)