In the past year, there has been increased scrutiny on what happens inside nursing homes; with lawsuits being prompted by everything from elderly abuse to what type of entertainment is appropriate for senior citizens living in assisted living facilities. The appropriate Nursing Home Risk Management Policy will financially protect your clients’ facilities, but insurance only goes so far. At some point, certain actions become more of a question of ethics than it does financial responsibility.
Take the issue of intimate relationships among assisted..
As reported last Wednesday, approximately 18,000 nursing home caregivers took to the streets of New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties recently to demand improved staffing in order to achieve consistent quality care of nursing home residents. These nursing home workers, members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, have been working without a contract since it expired on September 30, 2014. Resident and patient care in nursing homes is a primary concern when it comes to reducing
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Posted:April 23, 2015
According to a December report from Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration, the state could potentially see a $24 million increase in annual Medicaid costs with the current two dozen new nursing facilities that have submitted construction plans to state agencies. This number is the motivation behind a proposed ban, or moratorium, on nursing home construction in Indiana.
While this bill would not affect counties with occupancy rates greater than 90 percent, the Legislature is reconsidering an effort to impost a three-year..
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Posted:March 30, 2015
Your nursing home administrators are likely aware of many of the risks they face in the course of their business; employee liability risks due to overworked staff, workers comp claims due to slips and falls, or even property damage caused by an employee, resident, or natural disaster. One coverage your clients may not necessarily consider, but is vitally important, is Nursing Home Professional Liability Insurance. Professional liability insurance from K&B Underwriters covers your client on an incident-sensitive basis if they are sued..
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Posted:March 6, 2015
Prescription drugs have often been the go-to solution for symptoms related to conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Senior citizens who have these diseases typically suffer from behavioral and psychological problems such as restlessness, aggression, delusions, hallucinations, sleep disturbances, and more, as a result. While nobody can deny the importance and success of anti-psychotic drugs as an effective treatment for these symptoms, opponents are questioning the overall necessity of these drugs. Could overuse cause Nursing Home Liability Risks for your clients?
While elderly dementia patients..
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Posted:March 3, 2015
Is Assisted Living Camera Monitoring in Our Future?
Security cameras are certainly not a new concept; we see them in businesses, shopping malls, hospitals, Dr. Offices, etc. However cameras can serve a much deeper purpose that just security monitoring, especially in the senior living industry, a fact that is not lost on California assisted living leaders.
While the California Department of Social Services keeps a very watchful eye on individual residents’ right to grant permissions for recording devices being set up in private rooms, they..
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Posted:February 6, 2015
What Makes an Effective Risk Management Strategy?
What should an effective risk management strategy look like for a nursing home? No matter what type of business is being run, all risk management strategies much start with a solid plan. Your nursing home administrator clients should have a few pertinent items included in their plan, such as:
- A rundown of their individual risks
- A classification for each risk based on their likelihood and impact
- An assessment of their current security controls
- A plan of action
Once this plan is in..
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Posted:January 29, 2015
The Importance of Boosting Assisted Living Staff Morale
Whether they run a nursing home, facilitate a CCRC, or work at an assisted living facility, your clients have a tough job when it comes to retaining staff. The nursing home and healthcare industry are one of the roughest industries when it comes to employee turnover, due to the effect that stress can have on an aide or another employee. They are met with not only intense physical demands day-to-day, but mental and emotional ones as well.
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Posted:January 26, 2015
What Factors are Key to Effective Caregiving?
In April 2007, former nursing home administrator Philip DuBois was in a tragic accident that required rehabilitation at the very nursing home he was the administrator for. During this time, he got first-hand experience in how residents and patients were treated. He discovered that the attitude of many nurses and staff members was that they were just there to care for residents and check off their duties like tasks on a list, rather than caring about the residents, which..
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Posted:December 16, 2014
Addressing Unmet Resident Needs in Retirement Centers
As reported on senior living website McKnights.com, residents of continuing care retirements centers are experiencing more unmet needs than residents of other assisted living facilities, or even their own homes.
According to research compiled by the University of Michigan and the Urban Institute, 42% of residents in assisted living have unmet needs for help with daily living activities. Author Vicki Freedman, Ph.D. notes that this statistic doesn’t necessarily mean that assisted living providers are failing to deliver on promised..
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Posted:December 3, 2014