What a Japanese Nursing Home is Like


It’s morning time at Azalee,
a Japanese social welfare corporation, and we find ourselves in one
of their nursing homes. Good morning. Nice seeing you again. Since it’s morning, it’s also meeting time! Before they start to work, they have this kind of gathering,
like assembly, and they explain what is the daily activities.
The everyday reflection. What you did and what you were not able to do.
and they explain what is the daily activities.
The everyday reflection. What you did and what you were not able to do. Ok, great job. Ok, Let’s do it. Hair, good. Name tag, good. Uniform, good. Ok, show your hand to your partner, nails, good. 1,2,1,2,1,2,3. 1,2,3,4,5. Have a great day. Have a great day. Ok, great job. Unbeaten by rain, we’ll do it! Yeah! Have a great day. Now that the day has officially begun, Fukuhara-san
will show us how the long term residents live. Ok, are you ready? – Nice to meet you.
– Nice to meet you. On a daily basis, all throughout Japan,
an exercise routine is broadcast. Relax your muscles. Gently, gently. Notice how it’s designed to be doable
for those sitting as well as standing. People who are sitting,
try as much as you comfortably can. Put down your arm. As you’ll find out, there’s lots going on,
and Fukuhara-san walks at a pace that reflects this. Oh, she is not there today… good morning. Today the tea person isn’t here, is she? Today we have a guest.
He’s going film us here and there. – Good morning.
– Good morning. Oh, sorry to bother you. Ms.Keiriki, good morning. We have a visitor today. I see. To see you, Ms. Nakajima. I see. He is going take a picture of you
for your matchmaking profile. Hahahaha. As you walk around, you notice
a lot of medical care being dispensed, whether it be the hallways, meeting areas,
or bedrooms. -Am I going to be video taped?
– Yes. Oh no, what should I do?! I would have been dressed up if I knew. This is for a muscle pain. it is called thermotherapy. it sends some waves for better blood circulation. This machine eases the pain by doing that. Good morning. – Good morning.
– Good morning. Ok, 142 over 80. It’s very good. Nervous about the camera? Hahaha. Ok, next. Wear this here today. 99% and 98 times. Good. – Same as always.
– Same as always. She already has a painful face. Ok, do it. Good job. Ok, good job. And now we travel across the milky way
to the new wing of the care house. – Good morning.
– Excuse me. How old are you , Ms.Yamanaka? – 94.
– 94 years old. – 94 years old?
– 95 using the traditional Japanese way. – 95 in the Japanese way
– but really 94. He is going to take a picture
for your matchmaking profile. – I see.
– Hahaha. Ms. Taki, how old are you? Ms.Taki is the same age.
You guys would be the classmates, wouldn’t you? – Please follow.
– Ok. – Show him the room, will you? – I like tiding up.
– Yes, you do. How do you like your room? Do you sleep comfortably? – Yes.
– She says she does. She goes out to karaoke. – Karaoke?
– I love karaoke! Hahahaha. This parts go up. Like this. Nurse call. They use it when they have trouble.
Let’s try it. Are you okay, Ms. Kimi? Sorry it’s a test. She’s fine. – Ok.
– Ok, thank you. Nurse call. This shows that this nurse takes care of this room. Yeah like a dentist, like a G.P.,
general practitioners come, and also some beauty parlors. Are you ok if I don’t cut it too short? Do you want to show your ears? – He’ll take your picture.
– Hahaha. Oh stop it. Please wait while I clean your dentures. I’ll put in your dentures. How are they? Feeling okay? Okay, it’s done.
– Are you okay? – Thank you so much.
– My pleasure. On top of senior care,
Azalee also caters to the young as well. – Good morning.
– Good morning. – Finish!
– Whistle! Children of Azalee staff get priority
for available spots. I always love seeing the small toilets and sinks,
so cute. And over here is where the teachers hang. Are you guys going somewhere today? – We’ll practice the graduation ceremony.
– Oh, practice the graduation ceremony. 1,2. When you are feeling down and wanting to cry, Please remember Great job! Okay, let’s go over there and practice the grad. See you later! See you later! The nice thing about having both
senior and child care centres, is that on occasion, both the young and old get to visit
and enjoy each other’s company. No, this is not a fun slide for the kids,
but rather an escape slide for the seniors. In another time line,
the day service seniors arrive. The pick up van has arrived. Good morning. Good to see you again. – Hi there.
– Good morning. – 101 years old. – 101 years old?
– Looking great! And now Nozaki-san will tell us
how the day service works. So when they arrive here, we check their
temperature and blood pressure, then if there’s no problem, some go take a bath, do some exercise. other people drink tea and
chat with each other while waiting Then at 11 o’clock there’s a morning
assembly with everyone exercise with everyone,
special exercise for good swallowing, then lunch around, then lunch around 12 o’clock. After lunch, drink coffee or tea, Then there’s afternoon recreation time
like hand craft making or entertainment shows. Now she tries to use her left hand. so she can knit scarves or anything. So they do activities for about an hour
or hour and half, then eat a snack and gradually go home. That’s they daily routine. I’ve become super energetic
since I started coming here. Oh really, that’s so great. Really since I came here. Before that, I was bedridden. Good that you keep yourself busy. I get positive power from other people here, and it makes me super healthy. Oh, that’s the best! Now I’m excited to show you my
favourite place in the facility. – The chair turns around like this.
– Yes. – Close.
– And you close it, okay. Then you push it like this. Then can you sit down there?
Not going to use the water. Okay then, sit down Ms. Maki. Put it there, then… grab this one… Then, a little bit slide-o. Ohhh! – Inside.
– Ok. Like this. Then close, close the door, hahaha. Jacuzzi, the water comes up. – There’s a level.
– Oh, you adjust it for the height of the customer, okay. Let’s put some water in. – Let me out?
– Wait, wait! You must push here. Water comes out. – This is a Jacuzzi
– Yeah, bubbles! – Like this
– Ahhh! For comparison, this is what a smaller bathing
room looks like on the long term residents floor. Please take a look. We cook food here. This is a cart that can separate
the warm and cold fold. We have a full time registered dietitian. The gentleman over there is our registered dietitian. The portion the elders eat is about 1500 to 1600 kcal a day so we are not focusing on portions,
it’s more about the way the food is served. Chewing and swallowing are most important. We mix and soften the food in a mixer so that it is easy for them to swallow. The main food becomes rice porridge,
or the main food is always rice porridge and soup So we prepare differently based on people’s needs. You can see how this is a regular
version of the meal. Whereas this one is for someone who
has a hard time chewing or swallowing. Right now staff is packing up food to send
to another one of their nearby facilities. And yeah, Azalee runs several facilities
that span the gamut of care, from baby to senior, including this one
for seniors who are less independent. Residents are all severely handicapped. Like paraplegia, quadriplegia,
they are all bedridden. So that’s why we have a special medical care unit. It’s like a small hospital. Something I found quite intriguing
was that they had this area which is designed to mimic a
traditional Japanese home. Many patients have dementia like Alzheimer’s,
so a room like this can be comforting to some. Despite this being a senior care centre,
there are silver jinzai workers who work here too. They’ve come upon this work through
special employment centres that finds work for those over the age of 55. If you look at the rooms in this facility, it’s more like a unit in a hospital than
the dorm-like rooms found in the care house. While these remind me very much
of hospital rooms in Canada, there are these hints of Japanese style,
if you look at the shoji-screen like dividers or the sliding doors that separate
these units from the others. This room you’re looking at right now is a
private room, used for short term stays. It’s purpose is for families that are
looking after their parents, but need some temporary help. How do those living and temporarily staying
at these kinds of facilities get in? So what do you have to do when you need special care?
First you come here for a consultation, then there is an assessment test
to figure out your exact needs then you apply for government support,
and when you get it, a care manager will be sent,
and you’ll make a plan together, with the goal of being independent.
For example, go to a rehabilitation clinic, go to a daycare center,
or ask for a special assistant helper. There are so many ways to support your independence. With Japan’s growing senior population in mind, I asked the chairman, Dr. Kurusu,
bout what role he thinks technology will play. Yeah, that’s a main topic right now here in Japan. Especially nursing homes and these kind of areas, because we are short of staff, of course. Pepper. So that’s why Japanese try to develop the robotics and also the so called IOTs, internet of things. Hi again, I’m pepper. Robotics in the nursing home which chat with the seniors, especially those that suffer from dementia. How are you? How are your feeling today? I’m fine. It’s great that you’re doing well. May I call you Mr. Healthy, then? Yes, you can. Yeah, thank you so much. Mr. Healthy, you sound like
you’re from a foreign country. Pepper, I’m over here. Have you ever lived in overseas? Yes, I have. Who run’s this mother? Who run’s this mother? Who runs the world? Who runs the world? Mr. Healthy, you look like you still want to
chat with me, don’t you? I’m alright. Oh, well… I’ll have more interesting stories for you. So please come again. Sure. Bye bye!

100 thoughts on “What a Japanese Nursing Home is Like

  1. Because I've seen a few comments about cost and I know not everyone checks the description, here's some more information about the costs.

    In Japan, hospitals and clinics must be non-profit and owned and operated by physicians. Health care costs are standardized across the country, with no single physicians able to charge a different price for a procedure.

    However, non-medical expenses, such as rent and food in a nursing home, are up to the discretion of the respective facilities. While costs at Azalee vary patient by patient, Dr. Kurusu, the chairman of the Azalee Group, estimated that a patient might pay about $2,000USD a month for all expenses, including food, lodging, and their portion of medical costs (the Japanese government covers 90% of medical expenses for seniors).

  2. Amazing place, and it's for everyone, 2k a month is a good price. And in Japan, if I remember correctly from a previous video, if your poor the government subsidy scales to match what you can afford.

  3. As a CNA, we need to start making our nursing homes like this. They love the residents and are not rushed and burnt out. They seem to love their job. America, you need to play catch up!!

  4. This is not the time for us. Americans to leave China out of our life's we me d them as much as. They need us those people are smart with technology and we can learn from them not all of us Americans voted on how we have as president but then again not all of us like take care

  5. It is so refreshing to see how respectful they are of the aged in Japan! Too bad that kind of respect is rare in North America. The dollar is what they are after here! Our elders are often abused and neglected by the very place they move into for safety in their late years. A very sad situation that happens to many who don't have someone watching out for them. I'm happy to see that Japan has it figured out!

  6. I think the difference between America's nursing home and Japan is that "love" is missing in America which is a Christian Nation and the First Commandment of the teaching as Christian

  7. JAPAN is the best for home for the aged & nursery fo children & they have cash gift for centenarians.
    And the also in technology even they are small country they belong to top 10 richest in the world and salary there is higher than wertern specially in Tokyo.

  8. How wonderful this is!!! It puts the nursing homes (in my experience) in the UK to complete and utter shame.

  9. 最高級の施設ですね…
    母もこの様な施設に入れて上げたいです……(。・_・`。)

  10. Im sorry to say…but not only are nursing homes terribly understaffed in the U.S. But so are our hospitals. The patient s suffer. Staff moral is low as well. Many are in the profession for the pay…not all do it "from the heart"! I, as a retired R.N., have seen many horrible things! Now I am older and retired and have had to be hospitalized and I told them Im a retired nurse so they know I am aware of the care I should receive!!! The Asians have RESPECT for their ELDERS unlike in America and it's very sad! Even the worst homes in the States are at least $4000 per month or more…im not really sure!

  11. Well that's, super so well organice, and working as a team is quite interesting makes the care very efficient …☺☺☺

  12. Wow
    I always wanted to start a nursing home in the Phippines
    Exactly like this one
    A combination of young and old with day care facilities for those who still live at home
    I have been a geriatric nurse in Canada
    Very interesting
    Love to hear some advice
    Thanks for the upload

  13. Japan 🇯🇵 high education and technical is excellent They are very polite paradise for elderly. BANZAI Japan 🇯🇵 god bless and bless thanks for sharing your great information

  14. You know what people wants to leave long not me . Life is a game you winn or you loss before you get very old. Not me
    For what. I can not wait to see what is after death. One love

  15. The elderly receive excellent medical care in Japan. They can even check into a hospital any time they feel they need a rest!

  16. I want to live here when im old thats awesome. in uk and usa their care facilities are horrific andthe care

  17. Why couldn't I have been born Japanese?
    U.S. nursing homes are either raping or physically abusing their charges. Or letting them fester in their urine & feces while the "attendants" photograph and tweet about their charges.

  18. Every video I watch about Korean, Chinese, and Japanese cultures/practices…makes me hate America even more. I’m ashamed to be in the USA because we have ZERO standards and no structure. Only greed and corruption.

  19. If only I was a english teacher in japan or went there and found a husband I'd be okay and feel safe growing old with my husband in Japan because I know like this video they take well care of elderly unlike the U.S. I applaud this place and those working here well done.

  20. I work in a nursing home that would be considered extremely nice compared to most in the U.S. but it’s a minimum of $8000 per month, and can be as much as $15000 if the resident required more specialized care… even then it is always understaffed and running out of supplies…

  21. Am I the only one who finds the robot creepy? The residents at the nursing home I work at would probably find it horrifying

  22. This video made me sad to think about the conditions both my grandmother and her mother (great grandmother) have to go through because they don’t have these resources. My great grandmother is 98 living in Mexico. She told my grandmother the last time she was there that she was tired of living because she couldn’t do anything or really hear anything anymore (she has hearing loss). I know for her situation they hire someone for a few hours to make a meal and clean her. On the other hand, my grandmother is a an acute center for now over a year in the US. She has fallen at least 5 times. The facility doesn’t have those comfortable looking hairs for bathing, instead these patients have to sit on chairs made of pipes. There isn’t the same quality of care like this Japanese facility. I know in the US and Canada they have a very high patient to nurse ratio for these facilities. Because let’s be honest these CNAs don’t really like their jobs and leave after 5 months in average. Because all they do is clean patients feces and “move them”.

  23. This is so interesting I've worked in rest homes in New Zealand. This is wonderful. We need this in New Zealand rest homes 😍😍😍❤ u can feel the good vibes thro the video 💜

  24. Don't let this video fool you, these elders are well taken care for, and the people are doing a damn good job, but Japan has a serious problem in that their senior citizen numbers are very high and a narrowing young population. They also struggle with keeping their nurses staffed, because they are suspicious of foreigners and won't hire them. Japanese government purposely makes it near impossible for foreigners too pass their nursing tests.
    The people living in these facilities are very, very lucky. Many seniors do not get this care. Many are neglected by their children.

  25. Never worked in a facility like this anywhere here. It appears as though the all around approach to everything being done in the same place, makes for better care

  26. This kind of nursing home is way more expensive than the one I worked for but I miss working there because the japanese old people are very kind and nice. I wish our company has this kind too where they have a child care center for the staffs kids too!

  27. I know just watching this video isn’t the only representation but it seems like Japanese people don’t have a lot of dementia.

  28. I'm impress about the bath tub for wheelchair access. Japanese think of everything. I should retire there.

  29. So sad that most of the staff wear masks as if the patients are contagious. How sad this is what they see all day.

  30. My husband had to spend a couple of months in a rehab after a brain injury. There was a Japanese gentleman there who had experienced two strokes. I was talking with his wife. They were going to be putting him in a Japanese nursing home. My husband told me that their care is 10 times better than ours.

    You hear a lot about racism in this country. Why we're not taking care of this group or that group. The Japanese did this themselves. They created their own senior facilities and care centers. Without our help. They apparently don't need us. From cradle to grave, they take care of the whole person. The only thing they're missing is room to do it..since Japan is so cramped. Hats off to these ingenious people. I think it's the only group in the world that I actually envy.

  31. The Japanese have really got it together! The U.S need to take some lessons in how you treat our beloved elderly. This is beautiful!

  32. I work as a HHA in America and the facilities are so understaffed and broken. Broken, as in there is enough funding, but owners skip corners to keep money for themselves. There currently isn’t a lot of regulations for care homes or caregiving. Anyone can do it. It’s not a requirement to have a HHA license but I do.
    I was trained in one of the “nicer” care homes… 50 elderly and only TWO bathrooms, for showers and everything. Clients were encouraged to use the restroom in their diapers because the bathrooms were constantly in use for scheduled showers and there was no respect in that process either. It was dirty and depressing. I completely understand why clients want to stay home and I think that should be respected. Our most vulnerable are not being taken care of and it’s abuse

  33. I've never thought of Japanese nursing homes, because I always thought it was tradition to let your elders or aging parents live with you.

  34. I love how clean and crisp the rooms are. Ive worked in long term care and i have always found the halls and rooms too gloomy. Employees get priority spots for daycare??? Wow

  35. I wish we could have this is the UK, here in the UK they treat them like animals and even kill from the neglect

  36. Here, basic nursing home room, at least $7000/month, therapy, meds, EVERYTHING extra. I really miss my mom, but glad she didn't have to stay in one too long.

  37. I'm sure that this has been said in all the comments… but do they think that masks only work if they pinch them over their noses??? you can't let em hover… gotta do the nose pinch

  38. My grandpa is in a nursing home. He pays about as much a month as these people do. But the place he lives is depressing and not nearly as nice.

  39. I worked at an expensive "high end" nursing home facility (In America) and I can assure you even the best days were not as good as this. These homes look lovely.

  40. I was the food preparer for 2 nursing homes in college and it was my job to decide on meals. I worked hard to research and consult my nutrition professor but for a student it was a huge responsibility. Its so good to see a registered dietitian on staff.

  41. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n0rQaLWndMw&t=2s awareness to all caregivers. being caregivers is not easy job u must be really spiritually and emotionally. taking care of elderly especially with special needs is really hard but giving our love and care for them is what they need. salute to all caregivers. God bless

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