Are Nursing Homes Being Overwhelmed by Hospital Patients?
According to a recent article published on senior living website McKnights.com, too many recovering hospital patients choose a long-term care facility, such as a nursing home, for their rehabilitation needs for the wrong reasons. According to a paper about to be published in Annals of Long-Term Care, hospitals do not give necessary and needed guidance to these patients.
The paper will be offering a “roadmap” in order to help hospitals and patients work together to choose a..
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Posted:August 14, 2014
Senior Living Risk Management: Involving CNAs in Decision Making
It’s no secret to your clients in the senior living industry that employees play a large role in the management and success of their business, whether it’s a nursing home, continuing care center, or assisted living facility. This has led some to wonder; should Nursing Assistants, or CNAs, be empowered to be involved in the decision making process, when it comes to how their employer runs their facility? One study finds that this could actually..
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Posted:July 29, 2014
Reducing Nursing Home Risks by Addressing Common Problems with Care
According to the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC), nursing homes often follow certain practices that violate the Nursing Home Reform Law, and as a result harm their residents. Many times, nursing home risks arise out of the neglect of care on behalf of nursing home staff, if even unintentional. Due to this fact, it’s imperative that your nursing home administrator clients be aware of the common problems with care within nursing..
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Posted:July 7, 2014
Nursing Home Insurance: The Prevalence of Workplace Bullying
In an annual conference held in early June by the National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care (NADONALTC), audience members were invited to speak about how they felt when a supervisor yelled at them, citing feelings of embarrassment, disparagement and incompetence. Essentially, they felt bullied.
Bullying takes place in all workplaces, throughout many different professions. However, the problem seems to be especially prevalent in nursing. According to American Nursing Today, in a survey of..
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Posted:June 18, 2014
The Impact of Digitized Healthcare on the Senior Living Industry
There’s been a new hot topic making its way through the airwaves, such as during the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in February 2014. This topic? Digitized healthcare. As one Forbes.com article points out, the United States healthcare system is facing three challenges right now: high prices, poor care coordination, and an onslaught of chronic disease; all of which can be addressed by digitized healthcare.
Digitized healthcare, also called digital health, is a discipline..
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Posted:June 4, 2014
Nursing Home Insurance: Do Resident Health Problems Increase Risks?
According to researcher Dr. Emily Finlayson, who specializes in gastrointestinal surgery at the University of California in San Francisco, doctors may be too aggressive when it comes to performing surgery on nursing home residents. This belief stems from incidences of “low-risk” surgeries resulting in residents’ deaths. For example, one study found that 12 out of 100 nursing home residents who had their appendix removed died within a month of the procedure, compared to just two..
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Posted:May 27, 2014
Senior Living Industry: Serving the Mental Health Needs of the Elderly
In April of 2014, a very sad and tragic homicide occurred at a nursing home in Houston, Texas. A 56-year-old man had an altercation with his two roommates, and during the altercation assaulted the two men with the arm of his wheelchair, ultimately leading to their deaths. Nobody can say if this incident could have been prevented in some way, but it does raise the question of if, and how, nursing..
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Posted:May 12, 2014
How is the ACA Impacting Long Term Care Risks?
Have your long term care clients joined the ranks of those senior living industry leaders who have aligned their organization with an Accountable Care Organization (ACO)? The Patient Protection Act, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), encourages the development of these ACOs, in hopes they will help ease rising Medicare costs.
The goal of coordinate care through an ACO is to ensure that patients and long term care residents, especially the chronically ill, get..
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Posted:April 28, 2014
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