Improving Staff Communication within Nursing Homes
Your clients likely already understand that good communications between residents, their families, and care providers is central to quality care. This type of good communications provides valuable insight into the medical history and preferences of the resident, increases family involvement and satisfaction, and can certainly help to reduce complaints or even prevent lawsuits from occurring against your clients’ senior living facility.
In addition to communication with residents and families though, how do your clients communicate with each other? According to Dr. Eleanor..
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Posted:November 21, 2014
Risk Management: Solving Common Nursing Home Issues
As an agent in the senior living sector, you understand how important it is to have appropriate risk management strategies in place within the nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and continuing care retirement centers you serve. Understanding some of the common nursing home problems that exist could help your clients, and therefore you, in solving issues before they become larger and create risk management issues.
The National Senior Citizens Law Center, which mainly advocates for lower-income older adults, recently..
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Posted:November 7, 2014
Senior 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..
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Posted:October 14, 2014
Can 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..
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Posted:October 6, 2014
Senior 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...
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Posted:September 30, 2014
Improving 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..
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Posted:September 4, 2014
Exploring 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..
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Posted:August 28, 2014
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