nursing homes

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.

The Takeaway: Personal Care Homes – An Exposé in Georgia Lays Bare the Ugly Truth

Posted on 05/23/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayMany of us worry about ending up in a nursing home, a fear that surely has to do with the shocking stories we’ve read over the years: neglect and abuse at the hands of caregivers, the inappropriate use of antipsychotics to drug residents into submission or stupor, the lack of adequate oversight by regulators at all levels. Now, from Georgia, comes an equally disturbing look at licensed personal care homes in that state. These facilities — which are little more …

The Takeaway: Nursing Homes Ill-Prepared For Natural Disasters

Posted on 04/16/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayEmergency Plans Lack Specifics: Will your loved-one’s nursing home be ready should emergency arise? Don’t count on it: A recent government investigation found many nursing homes—even those in disaster-prone areas—are ill-prepared for natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes and floods. Seven years ago, Hurricane Katrina showed us how vulnerable nursing home patients can be during natural disasters (according to the Houston Chronicle, at least 139 nursing home residents died during the floods or their aftermath). Yet according to the Health and …