The Importance of Emergency Preparedness in Nursing Homes
In May of 2011, the Greenbriar Nursing Home in Missouri was in the direct path of the tornado that tore through Joplin. Of the 95 nursing home residents, 19 died. The nursing home was the structure with the highest number of fatalities in the tornado, which claimed a total of 161 people in the town, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
A recent NIST report stated that “the damage survey indicated that there..
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Posted:April 10, 2014
Basic Home Health Care Risk Management Strategies
Running a home health care service can be much different from running a nursing home or assisted living facility. Reason being, you are unable to supervise your staff and provide in-the-moment coaching opportunities. Another thing that is different is the risks they face. Workplace safety is a huge concern in any medical field, and it’s important for your staff to be aware of home health care risk management strategies so they can make their environment a safer one.
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Posted:March 24, 2014
Recognizing Nursing Home Liability Risks
According to the June 2013 Privacy Rights Clearinghouse report, since 2005, 25% of data breaches have been in the healthcare sector, exposing a total of 24,684,825 records. Most people think of nursing home liability risks consisting of Workers Compensation claims and resident injury risks. While nursing home liability risks certainly do include these types of claims, an often overlooked liability exposure in the senior living and healthcare industry is in the area of data security and privacy. The healthcare industry is expected..
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Posted:February 24, 2014
Improving Palliative Care in Nursing Homes
The U.S. population is aging as the baby boomer generation reaches senior citizen status. Some experts project that the number of frail elderly will triple or quadruple in the next 30 years. While technical medical advances continue to increase life expectancies, hospitals as a consequence lack the bed capacity for the ill and are often forced to discharge their patients early. As a result, as the number of senior citizens living with severe and debilitating illnesses increase, so too will the..
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Posted:January 27, 2014
What Are the Qualities of a Good Nursing Home?
When potential nursing home residents and their families are looking into an assisted living facility to best suit their needs, they typically look at factors such as the facility’s proximity to friends and family, the status and happiness of current residents, staff-to-patient ratio, and the overall condition of the facility. The following qualities are likely to help your facility stand out as a good nursing home.
Respect. Nursing home staff should be friendly, caring and supportive..
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Posted:December 20, 2013
Senior Living Facilities Insurance: Reducing Medical Liability Risks
According to a recent American Medical Association report, on average there are 95 medical liability claims filed for every 100 physicians in the U.S. This increase was found to affect some areas of practice more than others, however senior healthcare presents unique liabilities. Medical errors occur when something that was planned as part of a patient’s medical care done not work out, or when the wrong plan was used in the first place. This gets tricky..
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Posted:November 25, 2013
Paul Marshall Recruited from American Safety Insurance
K&B Underwriters, a national insurance Program Administrator and wholesale brokerage serving agents and brokers for senior living facilities, today announced it has named Paul Marshall as Director of Senior Living Programs. Marshall has 23 years of experience in the insurance industry, largely focused on Long-Term Care and Healthcare Professional liability (LTCHPL) insurance.
“Paul has worked in all aspects of the senior care business, from retail sales to underwriting, program administration to risk management, and is an industry-recognized specialty insurance authority,” said Bryan Baird, President of K&B Underwriters. “His experience is a perfect marriage of senior living sales and senior living facility Professional Liability expertise, and we’re fortunate to..
Posted:November 13, 2013
What Your Nursing Home Needs to be Federally Compliant
When it comes to running or managing an assisted living facility such as a nursing home, there are many factors to take into consideration. There are a number of financial and insurance needs to be met, as well as risk management factors to keep in mind. Most important though, is the care of your elderly residents, which includes protecting them from dangers.
A fire inside a nursing home can bring devastating loss to your facility,..
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Posted:October 23, 2013
Risk Management: The Importance of Quality Nursing Home Staff
Nursing homes play a vital role in our communities today. As of 2009, people 65 years or older represented 12.9% of the U.S. population. It’s estimated by the Administration on Aging that by 2030, there will be about 72.1 million senior citizens. Nursing homes are becoming increasingly important, and their staff is expected to provide a high quality standard of care.
Many nursing homes are responding to changes..
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Posted:September 27, 2013
Senior Living Insurance: Age Stereotypes & Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
The detrimental effects of ageism are particularly poignant in senior living homes. It can affect the quality of life, care and interactions with staff and family members. But research also indicates that it can affect seniors’ views of themselves.
Seniors face significant bias. While ageist stereotypes are influenced by several factors, many older adults are viewed as less competent. Older people are also consistently grouped with disabled and developmentally disabled individuals.
There are two issues with these ageist stereotypes...
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Posted:August 28, 2013