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Could GPS Devices be the Answer to Dementia Care?

Could GPS Devices be the Answer to Dementia CareA study performed in Norway has tested the use of GPS tracking devices to assist dementia and cognitive dysfunction patients in navigating their activities. This tactic has been overall beneficial to the patients and their kin, healthcare providers, and assisted living staff. When reviewing your clients’ Senior Living Liability needs, it is important to stay up-to-date on nursing home news around the globe should programs such as this ever be implemented in the United States.

The ongoing study is being carried out by..


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Improving Staff Communication within Nursing Homes

Improving Staff Communication within Nursing HomesImproving 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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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..


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Nursing Home Insurance: Do Resident Health Problems Increase Risks?

Nursing Home Insurance Do Resident Health Problems Increase RisksNursing 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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Senior Focused Risk Management: A Conversation with Bryan Baird

Senior Focused Risk Management: A Conversation with Bryan BairdSenior Focused Risk Management: A Conversation with Bryan Baird

In a blog post a few months ago, we discussed a quandary in the senior living industry; how residences can provide seniors with dignified, high quality care while protecting themselves as a business against incurring costs from claims and exposures. From a business standpoint, it makes sense that senior living centers want to lower their bottom line and boost profits. So how do these two seemingly different goals of resident care and profits align?..


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Senior Living Insurance: Issues in Senior Living

Senior Living Insurance Issues in Senior LivingSenior Living Insurance: Issues in Senior Living

In a trend expected to continue over the next few decades, Americans are getting older and living longer. The senior living industry will be hit hard with the increasing elder population. Here are a few of the issues and trends they will see.

Census Bureau projections anticipate that the over sixty-five age group will increase by nearly five million to almost 40 million. Even more astounding, it is expected to double to 70 million by 2030. The over 85 age..


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Senior Living Insurance: Living Longer With More Disabilities

Senior Living Insurance Living Longer With More DisabilitiesSenior Living Insurance: Living Longer With More Disabilities

Americans are living longer with every decade. This is great news right? More golden years of retirement? While a longer life span can be a great gift, it also comes with increased health complications that can inhibit older adults’ independence in their last years of life.

The average life expectancy for Americans has risen from 75.2 years in 1990 to 78.2 years in 2010. Most of the gain in U.S. life expectancy was attributed to a better management..


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Assisted Living Part I: Critical Issues of Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted Living Part I Critical Issues of Assisted Living FacilitiesAssisted Living Part I: Critical Issues of Assisted Living Facilities

The senior living industry has exploded. Where there used to be only a few options of care available, the senior housing industry now offers every level of care to seniors from home care and independent living facilities to nursing homes and hospice. With the variety of options available, seniors are able to find the housing option that best fits their needs and provides the greatest amount of autonomy. However, with that come increased..


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End-of-Life Care: The Influence of Physicians’ Language

End-of-Life Care: The Influence of Physicians’ Language

In our blog post, “The Importance of Language,” a few weeks back, we talked about the role language plays in influencing decisions about end-of-life care and treatment options. One thing we looked at in particular was euphemisms used to describe death. Instead of telling patients or loved ones that they are dying, physicians tend to use the word “critically ill,” or that the patient is “failing to respond.”

What the study does not examine however, is the effect that a physician’s language can have on a patient decision. In a simulation at the University..


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End-of-Life Care Part I: The Importance of Language

End-of-Life-Care Part I The Importance of LanguageEnd-of-Life Care Part I: The Importance of Language

End-of-life care often unwittingly conflicts with the goal of physicians to save lives. Technology, medical advances and treatments are meant to improve survival and function. It is understandable that medical professionals want to do everything possible to save their patients- it is also understandable and admirable that it can be personally difficult to acknowledge when treatment is no longer needed.

End-of-life care plans are the next step- they ease the transition for the patient, their loved ones, and provide..


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  • "K&B has a model that backs up their binders with services that help providers care for residents. They understand the business, including the challenge of reimbursement reductions enabling them to engage best-in-class service providers… This level of knowledge and responsiveness really helps agents ‘brand’ themselves.... "

    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... "

    Pam Muzzilla
    McGowan Private Client Group

  • "The staff at K&B understood everything. In fact, I almost felt that they knew what I needed before I asked. K&B got things accomplished in such a short time frame! We sent a new submission on a large account and got quotes back in less than 8 days! I wouldn’t... "

    Vickie Fortner
    Bowersox Insurance Agency

  • "I could have gone to the same carrier through a different broker, but I liked the staff at K&B and liked working with them. K&B wanted the business, were aggressive, and turned it around very quickly. I am very pleased with the work... "

    Robin Walker
    Expert Underwriters, Inc

  • "We rely on the experience of K&B that we may not get by going straight to the company. I believe this relationship is an important and necessary one in dealing with the insurance underwriters. Actually, K&B was the only brokerage we went through. It was all or nothing! Our deadlines... "

    Barry Layman
    The Colony Group, CIC

  • "The staff at K&B was instrumental in helping me! I had a policy that needed to be written at the 11th hour and with your staff at K&B, we wrote the policy. We have other policies coming up in the future and K&B is the trustworthy choice for us.... "

    Mark Kuhr
    Talbot/Hub Agency

  • "It’s the staff at K&B that I want to work with – you’re the ones who know what you’re doing!! K&B is straightforward in working with me and can tell me ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to my questions right away, which is great and what I need! The flow with K&B... "

    Mike Kram
    MD Kram Insurance Brokerage

  • "Your staff is persistent. Since I’m persistent too, I like that! K&B’s service is great because of the small things. A big thing we contend with is having an underwriter simply pick up the phone to take a call from us. Your staff will do that and it means a... "

    Sean Crayton
    Nixon & Lindstrom Insurance

 
Kbunderwriters
Kbunderwriters
  • "K&B has a model that backs up their binders with services that help providers care for residents. They understand the business, including the challenge of reimbursement reductions enabling them to engage best-in-class service providers… This level of knowledge and responsiveness really helps agents ‘brand’ themselves.... "

    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... "

    Pam Muzzilla
    McGowan Private Client Group

  • "The staff at K&B understood everything. In fact, I almost felt that they knew what I needed before I asked. K&B got things accomplished in such a short time frame! We sent a new submission on a large account and got quotes back in less than 8 days! I wouldn’t... "

    Vickie Fortner
    Bowersox Insurance Agency

  • "I could have gone to the same carrier through a different broker, but I liked the staff at K&B and liked working with them. K&B wanted the business, were aggressive, and turned it around very quickly. I am very pleased with the work... "

    Robin Walker
    Expert Underwriters, Inc

  • "We rely on the experience of K&B that we may not get by going straight to the company. I believe this relationship is an important and necessary one in dealing with the insurance underwriters. Actually, K&B was the only brokerage we went through. It was all or nothing! Our deadlines... "

    Barry Layman
    The Colony Group, CIC

  • "The staff at K&B was instrumental in helping me! I had a policy that needed to be written at the 11th hour and with your staff at K&B, we wrote the policy. We have other policies coming up in the future and K&B is the trustworthy choice for us.... "

    Mark Kuhr
    Talbot/Hub Agency

  • "It’s the staff at K&B that I want to work with – you’re the ones who know what you’re doing!! K&B is straightforward in working with me and can tell me ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to my questions right away, which is great and what I need! The flow with K&B... "

    Mike Kram
    MD Kram Insurance Brokerage

  • "Your staff is persistent. Since I’m persistent too, I like that! K&B’s service is great because of the small things. A big thing we contend with is having an underwriter simply pick up the phone to take a call from us. Your staff will do that and it means a... "

    Sean Crayton
    Nixon & Lindstrom Insurance

 
Kbunderwriters
Kbunderwriters
  • "K&B has a model that backs up their binders with services that help providers care for residents. They understand the business, including the challenge of reimbursement reductions enabling them to engage best-in-class service providers… This level of knowledge and responsiveness really helps agents ‘brand’ themselves.... "

    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... "

    Pam Muzzilla
    McGowan Private Client Group

  • "The staff at K&B understood everything. In fact, I almost felt that they knew what I needed before I asked. K&B got things accomplished in such a short time frame! We sent a new submission on a large account and got quotes back in less than 8 days! I wouldn’t... "

    Vickie Fortner
    Bowersox Insurance Agency

  • "I could have gone to the same carrier through a different broker, but I liked the staff at K&B and liked working with them. K&B wanted the business, were aggressive, and turned it around very quickly. I am very pleased with the work... "

    Robin Walker
    Expert Underwriters, Inc

  • "We rely on the experience of K&B that we may not get by going straight to the company. I believe this relationship is an important and necessary one in dealing with the insurance underwriters. Actually, K&B was the only brokerage we went through. It was all or nothing! Our deadlines... "

    Barry Layman
    The Colony Group, CIC

  • "The staff at K&B was instrumental in helping me! I had a policy that needed to be written at the 11th hour and with your staff at K&B, we wrote the policy. We have other policies coming up in the future and K&B is the trustworthy choice for us.... "

    Mark Kuhr
    Talbot/Hub Agency

  • "It’s the staff at K&B that I want to work with – you’re the ones who know what you’re doing!! K&B is straightforward in working with me and can tell me ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to my questions right away, which is great and what I need! The flow with K&B... "

    Mike Kram
    MD Kram Insurance Brokerage

  • "Your staff is persistent. Since I’m persistent too, I like that! K&B’s service is great because of the small things. A big thing we contend with is having an underwriter simply pick up the phone to take a call from us. Your staff will do that and it means a... "

    Sean Crayton
    Nixon & Lindstrom Insurance