Caregivers for the elderly are often faced with making difficult, emotional decisions in a short amount of time, or in some cases, immediately, as their family members experience difficult physical or mental setbacks. Often the only alternative is placing that person into a nursing home. Using personal stories from caregivers along with valuable advice from experts in the field of nursing care, this program provides information useful to the decision-making process.
In a Good Place also conveys an accurate picture of the emotional, psychological, financial, and physical stress that caregivers are suddenly faced with when they find themselves no longer able to provide 24-hour care. Join us as we look at caregivers and their search for a good place.
Louisiana Public Broadcasting
Documentaries like In A Good Place have always been a major part of the locally produced programming of LPB. Award-winning documentaries produced or co-produced by LPB have included Uncle Earl and Louisiana Boys: Raised on Politics; The blues documentary Rainin’ in My Heart, chronicled Louisiana’s rich musical history; The Last Hayride told about the historic Louisiana Hayride which launched the careers of Elvis Presley and Hank Williams among many others; and Author Ernest Gaines (The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman) was the subject of Ernest Gaines: Louisiana Stories.
Recent award-winning documentaries produced by LPB include Frame After Frame: The Images of Herman Leonard, the story of jazz photographer Herman Leonard; The Forest Where We Live, an urban forestry program narrated by Sam Waterston of Law and Order; and Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening, a biography of 19th century Louisiana writer Kate Chopin narrated by Kelly McGillis.
Established in 1971 by the Louisiana Legislature, Louisiana Public Broadcasting is a state network of six non-commercial television stations licensed to the Louisiana Educational Television Authority (LETA). About 90 staff members at the LPB Telecommunications Center in Baton Rouge direct network program acquisition and scheduling, production, promotion, broadcast and technical operations, educational services, development, and revenue producing activities.
Louisiana Health Care Review
Louisiana Health Care Review, Inc., is the Quality Improvement Organization -- a non-profit organization with more than 1,500 physician members dedicated to improving the quality of health care for Louisiana Medicare beneficiaries throughout the state. LHCR not only works within the traditional acute care setting but also works with Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), Medicaid, nursing homes and others for quality improvement.
LHCR has become a recognized leader among providers and physicians in designing and implementing health care quality improvement programs, and continues to seek collaborative and innovative approaches to find solutions to today's health care challenges.
Randy LaBauve, Producer
Randy LaBauve has worked as a Television producer for Louisiana Public Broadcasting for the past 12 years. During that time, he has produced numerous educational videos and programs for teachers, administrators, students, and parents; as well as statewide, nationally and internationally satellite-delivered teleconferences. He's won a Telly Award for a special education program he produced entitled Dealing With Diversity and a SECA Television Award for a technology teleconference entitled Teletech: Harnessing the Power. Recently, a program he wrote, produced, and edited entitled LegalEASE: Teen Parents: Who's Legally Responsible? won the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award.
Randy's educational background includes a B. A. in Broadcast journalism and a Master of Journalism degree from Louisiana State University. During his post-graduate studies, he produced a national award-winning documentary for IBM which helped LSU to acquire new IBM computers for their Journalism department. Randy was also a scholarship member of LSU's National Champion Men's Track and Field team. He and his wife Stephanie reside in Baton Rouge and have been married for twelve years and have two children.
Tammy Franklin-Davis, Associate Producer
A native of Louisiana, Tammy began working in the film industry in the early 1980's. She has produced corporate films and television commercials across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
In the mid 1980's Tammy relocated to San Diego, CA where her production credits proved to be many and varied: from classic car endurance racing for ESPN to the children's instructional program, "The Draw Squad" where she teamed with the creative forces of the popular PBS series "The Secret City".
Tammy made a smooth transition into the Los Angeles market in the early 1990's where she settled and thrived for more than 10 years, producing national commercial campaigns and high profile corporate image videos and held positions as Head of Production and Executive Producer. In addition to commercials, she has worked on the long format dramatic special series "Ancient Prophecies" for the NBC network.
Recently Tammy returned to Louisiana and is married to Mr. Pat Davis. They reside in Brusly, LA with his three children. She now works on special projects in the communications department at Louisiana Health Care Review, Inc., the quality improvement organization for the state of Louisiana.
Mrs. Laura Papp was living independently, enjoying the time she spent in her garden and keeping active around the house. Her daughter, Janie Hill, lived two houses away from her mother, so she and her husband Allen would check in on Mrs. Papp periodically. However, at one point, they noticed that Mrs. Papp no longer had an interest in her flower garden. It wasn't long before Janie's mother began to have frequent falls -- her most recent one resulting in a broken shoulder. The Hills rushed Mrs. Papp to the hospital. Her doctor and her orthopedic surgeon decided that the shoulder should be immobilized and a neurologist felt she couldn't make wise decisions for herself anymore and would need round-the-clock care after she left the hospital. The family was overwhelmed with emotion over this turn of events which they could not have seen coming.
Though some family members disagreed, Janie, her husband, and her brother decided Mrs. Papp needed the care of a nursing home. The Hill's house was not designed for Mrs. Papp's special physical needs, plus Mrs. Papp didn't respond well to her daughter's directions. Janie diligently researched her options. She began with a search on Medicare's website which provided a comparison of nursing homes in her area. She also talked with friends, and then visited potential nursing homes she felt might be able to meet her mother's individual needs. Despite occasional second-guessing of their decision, the family feels they made the right choice for Mrs. Papp. They believe she is living in a good place.
Earline Van Buren
Mrs. Earline Van Buren was in her late 80's when she began to suffer from dementia. Her daughter Odessa Mae Edmund, a registered nurse, took full time care of her mother. Mrs. Edmund's daughters, Dornetta Edmond-Keller and Beatrice Stines, also helped take care of their grandmother. Like their mother, Dornetta and Beatrice were registered nurses. Everything drastically changed when Odessa Mae, to the surprise of everyone, suffered a stroke. Suddenly, Dornetta and Beatrice had to provide care for their mother in the hospital and their grandmother at home. It was difficult for them physically, emotionally, and financially, but they felt like they had no other option - they owed it to their mother and their grandmother.
Realizing their mom would never be able to give full time care to their grandmother again, Beatrice and Dornetta quickly decided to do research and look around for a nursing home that would fit their grandmother's needs. After a month of searching for the right environment and the best staff members, they placed Mrs. Van Buren into a long term care facility that they felt would best meet her needs. Not long after the placement, their mother passed away.
Before she died, though, Odessa Mae had approved of the nursing home her daughters had selected for her mother, Mrs. Van Buren. Now, even though they both live an hour away from their grandmother (in opposite directions), Dornetta and Beatrice visit their grandmother at least once a week. They have made a committment to care for her and keep in touch with her. They felt like this is what their mother would have wanted for her mother. Rather than disrupt her life at the residence where she had been placed and move her closer to either of them, they have preferred to keep her centrally located in the place where she has been doing well. They weren't looking for elaborate surroundings, but a place where the staff would work with them to meet their grandmother's needs. And they think they've found that place. The granddaughters have also encouraged their brothers (who live in the same town as their grandma) to visit Mrs. Van Buren frequently as well.
Edward and Elizabeth Kelley
A couple of years ago, 80 year old Edward Kelley was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. By herself, his wife Elizabeth has been providing him with care at home. Presently, Mr. Kelley cannot remember very well - oftentimes forgetting how many members there are of his own family. And he is no longer able to do simple tasks. He also constantly asks questions, but cannot carry on a conversation with his wife. This has caused Mrs. Kelley, herself in her 70's, to feel lonely and isolated. She finds it harder and harder now to manage him, particularly since she is older herself. Recently she fell and broke her nose. But, she hopes and prays that she will be able to keep him at home for as long as possible.
While she at one time seemed to be in denial of the severity of her husband's disease, Mrs. Kelley has now begun visiting some nursing homes - as a backup plan. Still, she worries that Mr. Kelley will not receive the type of care he has been receiving at home from her. How quickly will the Alzheimer's progress and what is the best option for her husband? Those are the questions that Mrs. Kelley faces right now. But, a nursing home is not her only option. There is home health care and assisted living as well. Whether she can afford either of these is still not certain. Mrs. Kelley is a member of an Alzheimer's support group that helps her to cope and allows her to talk with other caregivers going through similar experiences. Wherever Mr. Kelley ends up, his wife wants to make sure that he is comfortable and happy.