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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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...
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..
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..
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..