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Senior Living Risks: Nursing Home Infection Rates on the Rise

Senior Living Risks Nursing Home Infection Rates on the RiseSenior Living Risks: Nursing Home Infection Rates on the Rise

As reported by senior living website McKnights.com, recently published findings from Columbia University School of Nursing and the RAND Corporation showed that the rate of nursing home infections have increased in recent years. In particular, the prevalence of viral hepatitis in nursing homes increased 48% between 2006 and 2010 while Multiple Drug-Resistant Bacterial Infections prevalence increased by 18% and pneumonia by 11%. Also joining these diseases is the occurrence of urinary tract..


Tags: infection rates on the rise nursing home infection rates nursing home risks senior living risks

Posted:October 14, 2014
Posted in: Blog, Nursing Home, Senior Living

Can We Keep Up With Changes in the Senior Living Industry?

Can We Keep Up With Changes in the Senior Living IndustryCan We Keep Up With Changes in the Senior Living Industry?

At the beginning of this year, senior living website “A Place for Mom” published an article highlighting some of the biggest changes that senior living industry experts expected to see in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and continuing care retirement centers. Keeping up with these changes is imperative for your clients, as the number of seniors entering these facilities continues to grow exponentially and senior living risks become greater as..


Tags: Assisted living assisted living insurance changes nursing home insurance senior care senior living industry

Posted:October 6, 2014
Posted in: Assisted Living Facility, Blog, Risk Management, Senior Living

Senior Living Liability: Power Strips in Nursing Homes

Senior Living Liability Power Strips in Nursing HomesSenior Living Liability: Power Strips in Nursing Homes

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they will be significantly restricting the use of power strips in patient care areas within hospitals and nursing homes, including patient and resident rooms, areas for recovery, exam rooms, and anywhere that diagnostic procedures are done.

The potential reasoning behind this decision is due to the fire hazard that power strips present. Power strips can cause an electrical spark and ignite a fire, especially when overloaded...


Tags: fire hazard insurance nursing home liability power strips senior living liability

Posted:September 30, 2014
Posted in: Blog, Nursing Home

Improving Employee Injury Rates to Reduce Nursing Home Risk

Improving Employee Injury Rates to Reduce Nursing Home RiskImproving Employee Injury Rates to Reduce Nursing Home Risk

As reported by Senior Living website McKnights.com, The University of Maryland recently collaborated with the National Council on Compensation Insurance on a study to test the impact of safe lifting programs on worker’s compensation costs. According to the study, the highest injury rates within the healthcare industry come from long-term care workers, with an average injury rate of 8.4 per 100 full-time equivalent workers as of 2009.

There has been a steady growth in long-term..


Tags: employee injury rates nursing home liability nursing home risks reducing risks worker's compensation workers comp

Posted:September 4, 2014
Posted in: Blog, Nursing Home

Exploring Society’s View on End-of-Life Care Today

Exploring Society’s View on End-of-Life Care TodayExploring Society’s View on End-of-Life Care Today

Last year, we published a blog post in which we questioned if end-of-life care was too aggressive. As we mentioned in this prior post, the use of hospice services has increased among the elderly and disabled, however many patients are beginning palliative or end-of-life care just a few days or even hours before dying, therefore not receiving as much pain-free time as they could before passing away.

According to an article from WealthManagement.com, modern medical technology today exacerbates..


Tags: assisted living insurance end of life care nursing home insurance nursing home liability

Posted:August 28, 2014
Posted in: Blog, End of life care

Are Nursing Homes Being Overwhelmed by Hospital Patients?

Are Nursing Homes Being Overwhelmed by Hospital PatientsAre 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..


Tags: hospital rehabilitation risks insurance Long term care nursing home insurance Nursing Homes overwhelmed nursing homes

Posted:August 14, 2014
Posted in: Blog, Nursing Home, Risk Management

Senior Living Risk Management: Involving CNAs in Decision Making

Senior Living Risk Management Involving CNAs in Decision MakingSenior 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..


Tags: decision making employee benefits liability employee practices liability insurance nursing home Risk Management senior living

Posted:July 29, 2014
Posted in: Blog, Risk Management, Senior Living

Reducing Nursing Home Risks by Addressing Common Problems with Care

Reducing Nursing Home Risks by Addressing Common Problems with CareReducing 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..


Tags: caring for nursing home residents common problems insurance nursing home nursing home care nursing home residents nursing home risks

Posted:July 7, 2014
Posted in: Blog, Nursing Home, Risk Management

Nursing Home Insurance: The Prevalence of Workplace Bullying

Nursing Home Insurance The Prevalence of Workplace BullyingNursing 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..


Tags: nursing home bullying nursing home insurance Risk Management workplace bullying workplace violence

Posted:June 18, 2014
Posted in: Blog, Nursing Home

The Impact of Digitized Healthcare on the Senior Living Industry

The Impact of Digitized Healthcare on the Senior Living IndustryThe 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..


Tags: digital health digitized healthcare healthcare insurance nursing home Risk Management senior living industry

Posted:June 4, 2014
Posted in: Blog, Risk Management, Senior Living
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    Erik Halvorsen
    Peachtree Special Risk Brokers

  • "Thank you K&B for your DigniCARE product. Our firm works with a variety of senior living facilities and we consider the DigniCARE Program to be one of the best in the industry. Your team delivers professional and friendly service to your policyholders and your agency partners. You are a rock... "

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    McGowan Private Client Group

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    Bowersox Insurance Agency

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    The Colony Group, CIC

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