Families always run into the scary thought of having to placed a loved one in a nursing home. This was the case for a woman named Alvera Robinson. She is a 74 year old elderly female who spends her day in a wheelchair. Robinson was placed in a nursing home which around holiday season can be very depressing for the older adult because they cannot be taken out with that, Robinson spent holidays like Thanksgiving in the nursing home with barely any family. She then found a place referred to as ‘LIFE’ which is called Living Independently for Elders. Here, Robinson was able to get a spot at this facility which allows her to be able to live independently but still get the care she needs. Due to living on her own, Robinson was able to host a Thanksgiving in her own home which involved inviting family and friends.
LIFE being an interdisciplinary success story, helps those elder adults like Robinson be able to feel a little independence. I believe that a housing facility such as LIFE can help improve the mental health of frail ill older adults because it gives them a sense of freedom. LIFE is a collaborative housing community which physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurse practitioners, social workers, nurses’ aides, and more come together to work together to create a successful independent living environment for those who would normally be placed in a nursing home. I believe if more housing communities like LIFE came together I believe that the there would be an increase in the life expectancy in these frail elder adults lives.
Interdisciplinary Collaboration Improves Safety, Quality of Care, Experts Say. (2010, November 22). Retrieved November 1, 2017, from https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/articles-and-news/2010/11/interdisciplinary-collaboration-improves-safety-quality-of-care-.html