nursing homes

‘Life and Death in Assisted Living’ — Investigative Project Premieres

Posted on 07/29/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingIf you have a loved one in assisted living — or see that possibility on the horizon — this week brings some essential TV viewing and reading. “Life and Death in Assisted Living” is an investigative journalism project with several public faces: a powerful television documentary (premiering July 30 on the PBS series Frontline); a four-part, deeply reported web presentation (starting July 29 at ProPublica.org); and an online chat with correspondent A.C. Thompson and two of the documentary’s subjects on …

Sex and Dementia: What Are Our Rights When We’re Not Ourselves Any More?

Posted on 07/26/2013 by | Sex & Relationships | Comments

RelationshipsA recent Bloomberg article recapped an incident in a nursing home in which an employee walked in on two elderly residents, both diagnosed with dementia, having intercourse. The man was in his late 70s, the woman in her late 80s. The employee, a nurse, called for help and separated the two, but not without the woman clawing and screaming at them. It’s a delicate subject and the zone is completely gray. The incident led to the male patient being removed …

In the Senate, a Symbolic Thumbs-Up for Older Americans

Posted on 03/25/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBernie Sanders, a feisty Independent from Vermont who often votes with his Democratic colleagues, scored a modest — if largely symbolic — victory for older Americans as the Senate pulled an all-nighter last Friday to debate and vote on budget amendments. Sanders, who chairs the Senate subcommittee that deals with aging-related issues, sponsored an amendment to the budget resolution backing the Older Americans Act that was approved by unanimous consent. The landmark law, originally enacted in 1965, supports Meals on Wheels …

Long-Term Care Ombudsmen Face Challenges To Independence

Posted on 01/28/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin TodayBy Jenni Bergal for Kaiser Health News This story was produced in collaboration with USA Today. The 2.3 million elderly or disabled people living in nursing homes or assisted living centers might not know it, but they’ve got an advocate — someone who’s supposed to be looking out for their health, safety and rights. In 2011, state long-term care ombudsmen — assisted by hundreds of local ombudsmen programs and thousands of volunteers — responded to 204,000 complaints nationwide. They ranged …

Can Home-Delivered Meals Keep You Out of a Nursing Home?

Posted on 12/7/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingA new study out of Brown University offers food for thought. It shows that one way to keep people out of nursing homes — so they can age in place, at home — is for states to offer more home-delivered meals. The report revealed that states that invest the most in home-based meals, like Meals On Wheels, have fewer nursing home admissions for “low-care” residents. Low-care means a person lives in a nursing home yet doesn’t require many of the services offered. …

Nursing Homes Overbilled Medicare By $1.5 Billion, Feds Say

Posted on 11/16/2012 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin TodayBy Jenni Bergal, Kaiser Health News At a time when the nursing home industry is lobbying Congress to avoid cuts in Medicare payments, a federal watchdog agency is reporting that taxpayers overpaid nursing homes $1.5 billion. The study released this week by the inspector general’s office of the Department of Health and Human Services concluded that nursing homes billed about a quarter of claims incorrectly in 2009 – the year it studied. Most of those claims were “upcoded,” which means …