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Caring for the Caregivers

Caring for the Caregivers

Developing cultural risk management strategies to meet the needs of residents and caregivers.

Imagine walking with popcorn kernels in your shoes, Vaseline smeared on your glasses and sensory deprivation gloves that prevent you from feeling. In the Virtual Dementia Tour, Cathy Boenig's staff walks in the shoes of the residents they serve at Argent Court, a group of assisted living communities in Texas. Staff love this training, she says. It helps them empathize with the facility's aging population, many of whom suffer from dementia.

"One of my biggest challenges today is finding care providers who have empathy for our..


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Senior Living Insurance: Stalling Dementia with Music

Senior Living Insurance:Stalling Dementia With MusicSenior Living Insurance: Stalling Dementia with Music 

In recent years there have been numerous studies done to demonstrate the power that both playing and listening to music has on the human brain, whether it be for an autistic child, a brain-damaged adult, or an elderly Alzheimer’s patient. These studies have raised questions about how music can actually prevent mental decline in seniors.

Can simply playing a musical instrument or listening along to the radio stall the onset of dementia? How many years would one need to engage..


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The Effect of Hospitalization on Nursing Home Residents

The Effect of Hospitalization on Nursing Home ResidentsThe Effect of Hospitalization on Nursing Home Residents

Hospitalizations can have adverse effects on patients, especially repeated visits. An article in the New York Times discussed a study published in the journal Neurology. According to the study, elderly patients who are hospitalized are at a much higher risk of cognitive problems afterward. Hospital stays have also been found to interfere with an older person’s physical functioning and ability to perform the so-called activities of daily living including bathing, toileting, dressing, etc.

Furthermore, hospitalizing nursing home..


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Senior Living: Prescription Painkiller Abuse, Opioids

Senior Living Prescription Painkiller Abuse, OpioidsSenior Living: Prescription Painkiller Abuse, Opioids

Opioid abuse has become a national concern. Despite the notion that addiction and substance abuse is primarily for younger people, it affects every age group from teenagers to adults. The senior population is no exception.

Elderly patients tend to take many medications prescribed by multiple doctors for a variety of ailments and symptoms. The overlap in prescriptions and high amount of drugs they take can increase their risk of prescription drug abuse.

Nonmedical use of prescription drugs is a rapidly growing threat. According to..


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Senior Living Insurance: Benefits of Pets for Elderly

Senior Living Insurance Benefits of Pets for ElderlySenior Living Insurance: Benefits of Pets for Elderly

Owning a pet is a joyful relationship- many pet owners consider them part of the family. And research has shown that pets aren't only good for cuddling. They have actual proven health benefits, especially with older adults.

Older pet owners who are on their own can benefit significantly from having a pet’s companionship. And it is especially beneficial for single residents who would otherwise be on their own. Pets can help their elderly owners reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and..


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Nursing Home: Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults

Nursing Home Benefits of Exercise for Older AdultsNursing Home: Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults

Exercise is a huge component of good physical and mental health. Being physically active can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent long into your old age.

According Go4Life, part of the National Institute on Aging, you gain a lot by staying active. Not only does it help maintain your physical strength and fitness, it helps you improve your ability to do the everyday things you want to do. Staying active can..


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Nursing Homes: Preventing Falls & Injuries

Nursing Homes Preventing Falls & InjuriesNursing Homes: Preventing Falls & Injuries

Senior living centers include a wide variety of options, from nursing homes to independent living communities.  However, they all center around providing the best care possible for our aging population that faces unique risks.

For senior living communities, injuries are becoming an increasingly larger problem. Injuries and deaths from falls have spiked in the last decade. In 2005, the latest data available, the government recorded over 19,000 deaths from fall-caused injuries. Three-fourths were people 65 and..


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06-11

Demographics point to growing opportunities in the senior care market
By Dave Willis
The Rough Notes Company

We’re getting older. In fact, as Jeff Collins, vice president, commercial lines underwriting, at Philadelphia Insurance Companies, points out, “On average, 10,000 people a day will reach the age of 65 for the next 20 years.” As we look to and past retirement, he adds, people will be looking for alternatives to traditional nursing homes.

“The first Baby Boomers turn 65 this year,” notes Bill Yurek, RPS-AVRECO area president. “As they age, we’ll see increased demand for added nursing home and assisted living facilities. At..


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22-11

K&B, An Industry Leader in Senior Living Insurance Solutions, Announces New National A+ Market and Expanded Risk Management Services

Reston, Va.—April 4, 2011–K&B Underwriters, LLC (www.kbunderwriters.com), an insurance program administrator providing values-based risk solutions to the senior living industry, has enhanced its senior living program and rebranded the program as DigniCARE Risk Solutions.

The enhancements include a new A.M. Best “A+” rated market with coverage available on a Claims Made basis in all 50 states, and a new risk management program that uses a holistic approach to help senior living providers evaluate their enterprise risk.

“Our goal is to help our agents identify and..


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K & B Underwriters is a national Insurance Program Administrator serving insurance agents and brokers for senior living facilities. They provide nursing homes, assisted or independent living facilities and other senior living risks with industry-leading insurance programs and specialized, innovative risk management solutions. The company was founded in 2004 by Bryan Baird who, with several years experience in a senior management position at that time, decided to start his own operation.

Bryan's business philosophy is based on the traditional principle of "doing the right thing" in all aspects of one's business. To further his understanding of the industry, he developed, fielded..


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