What a Japanese Nursing Home is Like

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. 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.

  3. Japanese just amaze me 🙌👏🤣

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. They really love their old generation ❤

  7. Hope Philippines will be the same like this!

  8. I really love your page man!!srry for the late sub and viewing

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

  10. Interesting that the opening comments are made by a Philipino staffer. A sign of the times for Japan.

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

  12. Guy is cute

  13. Really loved this video!

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

  15. i would have cried if i saw video of the elderly and the toddlers interacting

  16. Rick Chenier

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. Thank you for sharing!

  20. The lady at 3:21 reminds me of my Nanna. RIP 🙁

  21. This is just amazing!

  22. Referring to a place like this one in Japan.

  23. 0:50
    "NANI?!" Hahah!

  24. I wonder if they smell like American nursing homes.

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. Salute to a Filipina 🇵🇭 giving care to someone in a foreign country💌!

  28. 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

  29. Wut a positive environment. Thx for showing this.

  30. Filipina parin talaga salita pa lang.

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

  32. I so love Japan and it's people..the best for me .

  33. 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.

  34. Japan is so similar to Korea, even the nursing houses.

  35. 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

  36. Good job

  37. Does anyone know why the water in the baths is purple?

  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. This was quite a formal tour of this nursing home given by management.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. Wonderful..Alot of peopl do not live this long

  43. 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

  44. this is heaven after you see usa come back to this satisfying video!

  45. American Older people deserve this.

  46. Amazing!!!! Japan respect the elderly unlike the US🤦🏾‍♀️. Then again they (Japanese)are way advance than the US🤷🏾‍♀️

  47. If only they could ALL be like this. I wouldn't mind living in one myself one day. But in America…NEVER put your loved ones in one.

  48. I like pepper

  49. Wow this is nice. They should start these in America.

  50. omg i love how good spirited all the residents are they're so cute i love them

  51. This is a five star resort compared to American nursing homes.

  52. Hope Vietnam government take care elders like Japan government.In Vietnam elders get sick they went to hospital the doctor didn’t pay attention to them they say old people have no future they send them back home they get very ills and die especially in central highland where the Montagnard indigenous live also many Montagnard elders get sick today they not to dare to go to hospital.

  53. This was heartwarming

  54. I love Pepper.

  55. Someday i hope i will live in this place…thats why i dont have interest to have children and married

  56. 6:32 please remember what!? massive cliffhanger

  57. lovely video

  58. America should be better than Japan in providing nursing care for the elderly and if not ask Wall St!

  59. This is great facility. You put America to shame when caring for senior adults. And you have child care at same place. You truly care for your people very nicely. If i could i would stay there when i get 90.


  61. It is ashame that U.S. aren't ran as well

  62. That's a nice place we put my grandmother in one for a little bit the place was horrible just people waiting around to die there were more people in the kitchen and there were people helping the old people I saw bruises on old people I mean I know they bruise easy still horrible we took her out and took her home biggest mistake we ever made putting her in there don't put your mother and father in one of those homes keep them at your house it's hard but you can do it


  64. This was an interesting video. Thank you for sharing. I work at a home care agency at eshcs.com . It's interesting how they are different than the ones in America.

  65. Because are government is corrupt and the Medical field is the same.

  66. Why are the staff wearing masks

  67. Praise God for people like these 🙏

  68. I am getting closer and closer to marrying a Japanese girl, this is the standard right the same as US, where you still support your parents as independent as possible and they go to a nursing home or a independent "suburban" like area where they feel like they still maintain their own homes (like the planned cities in Sun City, AZ or in Jacksonville, FL) between 70-90. I just really don't want to get into the mess that I hear of foreigners with Chinese wives where they truly have to take on the family because they have no savings / state system.

  69. Why do some of the Japanese public wear mask s

  70. What a fantastic places , can anyone could live there like me I am 60 years old and I have been diagnosed with COPD and sleep apnoea and chronic pain syndrome and I live in the UNITED KINGDOM ( UK. ) I my self would be happy their . I love the children centre

  71. How is payed . Do the patient pay or who pays OMG I am so impressed with nursing home more information. Please

  72. Very nice place!

  73. 3:18 blood oxygen levels. I get that as well. Thankfully I still live in my property. Too regimented those places. They are good, but I prefer my own home. Had enough of that in the army.

  74. We need this for our elders in America.

  75. Wow! I would love to be one of the nurses here😍

  76. It kinda creeped me out how you could see over the children's toilet door… 😬

  77. Their facilities also different from here in UK, very nice and clean care home.

  78. Seeing this puts American nursing homes to shame! Most nursing homes here are a disgrace 😡

  79. These guys are so far ahead.Nice place to work

  80. We need these standards in the UK! Food part is probably the worst, including the nhs hospitals, everything is microwaved and nothing fresh :/

  81. I believe an important componant is safety equipment to avoid injuries of staff & patient, adequate staffing, respect given to staff and childcare for the staff. The caregivers naturally are less-stressed than they are in the USA.

  82. Beautiful, respectful care of seniors and of the staff too. It's great to see such high staffing levels. We have such poor staff to resident ratios here in NZ that residents are rushed 'to be done' and individualised care is really lacking. It is frustrating for those of us who care and think is this how I want to be treated, is this how I want my mother or grandmother treated. It's all about profits here. Plus the way we train our RNs now is appalling, they lack basic nursing care skills when they graduate…it didn't use to be like that 30 years ago and the poor girls and boys don't understand that there's more to their jobs than interpreting results of tests and giving out medications. A year on the job and most are broken and nearly all have back problems from heavy lifting. Yes we have policies of using ambulifts but not enough are available to be practical and we still turn people in low beds. Result is staff running from resident to resident with permanent frowns on faces due to exhaustion and pain.

  83. They are blessed to have such care, the elders over here get abused and die, all they did was build our world for us, it's so sad.

  84. 6:15 if a teacher was playing with a kid like that and letting them climb on them, they’d be fired here. It’s so sad that kids are abused so often in schools and daycares we have to make rules like that, and that of all things that was my first thought. Every time I’ve seen crying kids ask teachers for hugs they have to say it’s not appropriate, here’s a high-5, here’s a pat on the head. Or special-ed teachers holding their arms above their head if a kid is holding onto them like “I am definitely making zero physical contact with child” instead of being able to sit down on the floor with them and see what’s wrong, get the class back on track. Every country has their problems, and it’s not like kids are only abused in the US and Canada, but that tiny clip just made me sad kids go to school to learn and as a society we can’t trust they’ll be safe. This environment seems a lot warmer and open, and with multiple responsible people in the same room/area it’s way less likely for kids to be abused.

  85. The way this long term care facility works is really beautiful. They always have things to do, people to talk to, medical care. And it’s all done with such kindness and respect. The U.S. and Canada’s care homes are in such a crisis, it’s equally sad and terrifying to me that my grandmother (one of them, the other one is doing really well) feels so tired and constantly weak she just wants to find a care facility where she can take her books and her knitting and wait to die. (That’s a direct quote.) Her mind is 100% there, but her hearing is really bad. I can see a carer getting frustrated with her and hurting her, it happens every day. I don’t know how we ended up with a society that doesn’t provide anything less than safe, comfortable, respectful and kind care for people that could be our parents or grandparents. I hope the advocates and higher-ups who truly do want to change the very broken system take some notes from places like this. Higher taxes, if it’ll mean everyone’s parents, and most likely us, and even our kids one day having this kind of care once they can no longer care for themselves? Yes please, I can’t possibly see people fighting taxes for that. I don’t know what it’ll take, exactly, more funding, more people, regulations, but I think a certain level of emotional investment, too. They’ve clearly achieved it here, and we’re really sadly missing it.

  86. Omg why is the care for the elderly in Japan so modern as a hotel ?

  87. I agree with a lot of comments about United States Nursing Homes. We definitely need to take and learn from how the Japanese treat there elderly.

  88. 2:32
    Me when I find out my parents are forcing me to go to a fancy party

  89. Its so different than here in America first of all because we get very huge patients we have to care for. Japanese people are healthy and not big 🤦

  90. I’m very impressed the facilities and space of their room. It is such a clever to combine of care young and old together in same nursing home. I’m just wondering do they care or provide care to every old people or only those who can afford the cost. I have seen and worked in many nursing home ,Japanese nursing home is very advanced and impressive.

  91. that bathhouse is ridiculously amazing.

  92. This is wholesome

  93. Nice, but I’m sure they are putting their best foot forward for the cameras.
    But it is essential to respect your elders, which they do.

  94. In Japan they have great respect for their elders, they’re not looked at like burdens as they sometimes are here in the West

  95. awww japanese elderly are adorable haha

  96. How American nursing home is bad comparing to Japanese homes this is unacceptable.

  97. Mean while in america there abused kicked around damn respect to japan

  98. instead of studying for finals im watching this

  99. Its a blessing to be in a Japanese elders home. In Hong Kong and In China our facilities for elders are worse.

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