Here’s a recent horror story that may make the point: I had a patient with complicated medical issues who had a hip replacement operation. To my dismay, the hospital discharged this man to “assisted living.”
What Do We Want? Humane, holistic affordable health care especially at the end of our lives
When Do We Want It? Now!
Most “Baby Boomers” — numbering in the millions — are going to die during the next 25-40 years. It’s not something we like to think about, but it’s true. To the extent that we do think about it, we hope to have what numerous writers in recent years have referred to as “the good death” — a death of compassion, grace, peace and understanding. Unfortunately, neither our health care system nor our culture is prepared to make that happen. If things are going to change in time to be of some benefit to us as well as those who come after us, we need to launch a political and social movement that supports peoples’ rights to appropriate health care.
As I do geriatric house calls around the San Francisco Bay Area, I am asked this question all the time. Like many areas in geriatrics, the expected life span of a patient is often quite difficult to pinpoint. This is a huge reason why there’s a growing trend for patients to be bounced from hospice care.
We periodically receive requests for information on free or low cost transportation for Seniors in the Bay Area to help them get to appointments, go shopping or visit friends. We often recommend SilverRide in the Bay Area, and found other resources thanks to DailyCaring.com. Below is a list of options by location