HBO Takes On Extended Care Centers In New Series "Getting On"
Time for a little health care-based TV today. I spottted that this season, HBO has a new show that's taking on a subject that is rarely a topic for comedy: extended care centers, staff, patients and difficult conditions brought on by disease and old age.
"Getting On", based on the award-winning British sitcom of the same name, will premiere on Sunday, November 24, 2013. The six show pilot series stars veteran comedy actresses Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne), Niecy Nash and Alex Borstein.
The show focuses on the day-to-day expereinces of the doctors, nurses, adminsitrators and patients at a womens' geriatric wing of an extended care facility. This teaser clip deals with one of the many too-real situations inside these faclities.
Hopefully this show will allow some of these sitautions to be discussed more plainly by patients and might even act as a catalyst for review of policy and practice at extended care centers and their patients. Frank discussions, and even some humor really can lead to improved population health.