Helping to eliminate healthcare associated infections

Senior Health

Kimberly Clark has partnered nationwide with doctors and hospitals to help staff andmanagement on the front lines about the best practices and guidelines to helpreduce healthcare associated infections(HAI’s)

55+ Housing a study of builders & buyers

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at any point in time, 1.4 million people worldwide suffer from infections acquired in hospitals.

A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report published in March-April 2007 estimated the number of U.S. deaths from healthcare associated infections in 2002 at 98,987.

To learn more about the impact of healthcare-associated infections for both medical professionals and patients, please visit www.haiwatch.com. 

Metlife has released the second phase to Housing for the 55+ Market: Trends and Insights on Boomers and Beyond.  The study includes two surveys: one that examines current consumer preferences and home buying decisions and a second of National Association of Home Builder (NAHB) members involved in 55+housing in 2008 and 2009.

Key findings include:

  • 63% plan to age in their current homes, 12% plan to buy another home and 26% are unsure.
  • The majority prefer the suburbs (32% close-in suburbs and 31% outlying suburbs). A rural community is preferred by 28%, and 9% want to live in a central city.
  • About one quarter of respondents does not care about the impact building a home has onthe environment. While 23% said they are concerned, it does not drive theirdecision. Only 12% said they are willing to pay an average of $6,732  foran environment-friendly home if it would save $1,000 annually in utility costs.
  • Mostrespondents listed proximity to a shopping center and proximity to ahospital/doctor’s office as influencing their choice for a new community.
  • Technologyfeatures, home security systems, and structured wiring  are important toconsumers.
  • Buildersindicated their customers’ motivations for relocating. Sixty-three percentreported a desire for a maintenance-free lifestyle, 46% want to move closer tochildren/family, and 32% desire lower living costs.