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Carroll Hospital Center Lacking

Healthcare for geriatric human beings of Carroll has a lot to be desired...Carroll Hospital doesn't even have a geriatric unit or specific program designed for the best treatment of seniors. Especially seniors with memory issues. What can the Carroll Health department do to improve these very poor existing conditions?
Pam Hamburg December 24, 2013 at 10:21 AM
Thank you for bringing this to the attention of all. It's so crucial. I would have thought the hospital would have addressed this long ago, since we aging baby boomers, a huge generation of people, are heading toward that stage of life. A popular song from our generation includes the words 'Hope I die before I get old....' And for good reason, as it turns out.
Josie December 25, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Carroll Health Center has many wonderful features. There are many people working there that hard and do more than expected. I have experienced this personally. But yes there are flaws. I have experienced that too. There should be a geriatric unit. With all the news devoted to seniors health and the dementia related diseases Carroll should look hard into this area. I really think Carroll Hospital has improved over times past but this really should be addressed quickly.
Pam Hamburg December 25, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Yes, Josie...quickly. I'm sure they are planning as we speak. Just a bit late, is all.
Buck Harmon December 26, 2013 at 08:28 AM
I'm pretty sure that one of the main reasons that Carroll Hospital Center seems to neglect certain portions of the local population is because it doesn't pay well. There are certain conditions or illnesses that just aren't covered by insurance like anything remotely associated with memory, or dementia. These conditions are placed at the bottom of the priority list because of the fact that the numbers just don't add up for the hospital. The fact that carroll Hospital is a 501C3 (non profit) should mean that equal care be provided for all segments of the local population....that's not at all the way things currently function there.
Buck Harmon December 26, 2013 at 08:32 AM
Seniors with memory issues are among the fastest growing portion of our population. There are many horror stories about the way that seniors are treated, (or I should say not treated) at this hospital. It's actually tragic and a shame.
Pam Hamburg December 26, 2013 at 09:37 AM
I hadn't thought of it that way, Buck. Perhaps you're right. Our senior citizens deserve much, much better. Most of all, they deserve respect.
jag January 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM
I find this interesting, since there are so many senior only places around the County. Closing in on my senior years, faster then I want, where does CHC refer seniors to for geriatric services?
Buck Harmon January 11, 2014 at 02:22 PM
Currently the Carroll Hospital Center does not even offer advice for seniors in need of special geriatric care. They don't even offer pamphlets to give some guidance to seniors or family members that seek care. I wrote a short book about this issue that was based on actual experiences at the CHC. http://www.amazon.com/Empowering-Caregivers-Dementia-Buck-Harmon-ebook/dp/B00HDMJY2I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389468152&sr=8-1&keywords=buck+harmon
Pam Hamburg January 13, 2014 at 05:57 AM
Just shove the old people into nursing homes. With little to no medical care, not even for bed sores, not even to get them to the bathroom before they soil. Make sure they eat right. It's all about RESPECT and caring!

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