NOVATO, Calif. – The COVID-19 test, swirling a swab high in the nostril, is not a pleasant sensation, but worth it, said dozens of caregivers who streamed in for testing Friday in Novato. “Oh my God,” gasped Molly Bray, as a public health nurse finished probing her nose.
“I would do it no matter how painful, but it was a little uncomfortable,” Bray said afterward. “I take care of an elderly woman so it would be good to know I don’t have it.”
San Francisco is among several jurisdictions planning to test all staff and patients at every nursing home. Almost half of California’s COVID-19 deaths are in assisted living environments.
That’s why Peter Rubens, founder of At Home Caregivers, has been pushing to get his employees tested.
“I think the situation is fraught with a lot of fear, everybody’s concerned, nobody wants to get anybody sick,” said Rubens, greeting workers who came to be tested.
He has seen no illness yet, among workers or clients. But rising case numbers prove that locking the doors at assisted living centers does not keep the virus out. His employees move among private homes, and congregate settings.
“It’s just so devastating to see infection rage through an assisted living facility,” said Rubens.
Sixty of his caregivers, about half his staff, signed up to be screened in the garage of his Novato headquarters…”
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Great perspective on aging in America. For the Clients I serve, their families know all too well the challenges of aging. What the author didn’t say is simply this: even if you’re family provides some care at home for their aging parents, getting old is enormously expensive. Following either path of assistance; placement in a facility or Home Care Aides. – Peter Rubens
From The New York Times:
“We’re Getting Old, But We’re Not Doing Anything About It
Like climate change, the aging of America demands a serious rethinking of the way we live.”
At Home Caregivers is a proud sponsor of the Alzheimer’s Association and a regular supporter of the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The is held each October at Shollenberger Park in Petaluma. The event typically includes over 1,500 “walkers” and raises over $300,000 to fight Alzheimer’s disease. For the past two years, At Home Caregivers has had the pleasure of keeping walkers fully hydrated by sponsoring the “Hydration Station” featuring free water bottles and water refills.
Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Today over 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. Gifts to the Alzheimer’s Association continue their mission to eliminate the disease through the advancement of research and to enhance care and support for all affected. More information can be found, and donations can be accepted at http://www.alz.org/norcal.
Robotic companions are being promoted as an antidote to the burden of longer, lonelier human lives. At stake is the future of what it means to be human.
“An aging population is fueling the rise of the robot caregiver, as the devices moving into the homes and hearts of the aging and sick offer new forms of friendship and aid. With the global 65-and-over population projected to more than double by 2050 and the ranks of working age people shrinking in many developed countries, care robots are increasingly seen as an antidote to the burden of longer, lonelier human lives.”‘
“Our analysis found having a dog is actually protective against dying of any cause,” said Mount Sinai endocrinologist Dr. Caroline Kramer, lead author of a new systematic review of nearly 70 years of global research published Tuesday in “Circulation,” a journal of the American Heart Association.