nursing homes

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 …

Caregivers: Program to Target At-Home Care to Cut Back on Repeat Hospitalizations

Posted on 10/31/2012 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingIt’s hard to find a more stunning statistic: Nearly 45 percent of hospitalizations among nursing home residents enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid are avoidable. Because of their complex and chronic health care needs, annual spending for their care is more than $300 billion. The total 2011 costs for avoidable hospitalizations for this group are $7 billion to $8 billion. Now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has a plan to stanch the hemorrhaging of money and unnecessary hospital …

Nursing Homes Increasingly Slip In Arbitration Agreements, But Think Twice Before Signing

Posted on 09/18/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayAnyone who has or may someday have family in a nursing home, take note: A mandatory arbitration agreement is probably not in your loved one’s best interest. Though such agreements are becoming increasingly common at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, there’s good reason for family members of residents not to sign.

What Happened to the Welcome Mat? Nursing Homes and Gay Elders

Posted on 08/9/2012 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingLiving in a nursing home is not easy. When you are gay, it can be so much more complicated. Unless you’re at a progressive long-term care facility, staff (and fellow residents) may act less than warm and fuzzy, the Nursing Home Reform Act notwithstanding. Put simply, you or your visiting partner, if you’re lucky enough to have one, may not feel welcome. State laws that deny LGBT couples the same benefits as married heterosexuals reinforce their frustrating situation. Many older …

The Takeaway: Sex and the Nursing Home

Posted on 06/26/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayI’ll admit I’ve not thought much about the sex lives of nursing home residents. But several Australian researchers have, with particular concern for patients with dementia. In a new paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics, they charge residential care facilities with denying residents “a basic human right” by discouraging or prohibiting consensual sexual activities. Consent, of course, is part of the issue when it comes to people with cognitive impairment such as dementia. But the start of dementia doesn’t mean the end of desire.