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Category Archives: Nursing Home

How Background Checks Improve Patient Care

shutterstock_225427774Sending loved ones to a nursing home is a big deal, especially since their safety and care becomes the responsibility of a stranger. Although undoubtedly qualified, there are still some basic issues that are causes for concern. According to the Office of Inspector General (OIG), around 22% of Medicare beneficiaries experienced preventable injuries in nursing homes. Unfortunately, these types of negligent claims are common against nursing homes and their caregivers. However, with DigniCare Nursing Home Insurance, your reputation and the liabilities created in this unique environment are protected.

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Can Boosting Caregiver Morale Improve Nursing Home Care?

Can Boosting Caregiver Morale Improve Nursing Home Care?Improving employee engagement and moral can go a long way in the nursing home industry, not just for employee retention but for minimizing risk and liabilities as well. Nursing and caregiving is a service sector unlike many others because it requires a level of commitment to unparalleled quality of customer, or rather patient, service. In nursing, demeanor has a direct effect on the patient. For many caregivers, having good intentions and a kindly demeanor is second nature, but faced with long shifts, quick turn..


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Nursing Home Chain Faces Lawsuit For Overbilling

Nursing Home Chain Faces Lawsuit For Overbilling

The U.S. Justice Department recently announced that they will be stepping into a long-running lawsuit against one of the nation's largest nursing-home chains, HCR ManorCare, which operates some 280 skilled nursing facilities across 30 states. ManorCare has been accused of intentional widespread Medicare over-billing for procedures and treatment that was both unnecessary and in some cases harmful to the patients in their care.

While the investigation has been on-going since the initial accusations against the company were filed by a northern Virginia occupational therapist in..


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How to Manage a Better Work Life Balance for Caregivers

How to Manage a Better Work Life Balance for Caregivers

As you are likely plenty aware of, the work demands caregivers face can often be high-stress, which can certainly carry over and contribute to stress at home as well. Unfortunately, nurses and caregivers too often let the demands of their work life take over, and don’t have the time or energy to focus on their personal well-being. This can create not only resentment, but also low productivity, less focus on workplace safety and low morale, thus increasing Nursing Home Employee Risks.

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How Can Families of Nursing Home Residents be Better Informed?

How Can Families of Nursing Home Residents be Better InformedHow Can Families of Nursing Home Residents be Better Informed?

Last April, we discussed how your clients could go about addressing resident family concerns in nursing homes. We stressed that for many families, placing their elderly loved ones in a nursing home or assisted living facility is a huge step that takes careful consideration. But the responsibility shouldn't end once the resident is secured in your clients’ facility. In fact, maintaining a relationship with the families of your residents could help to..


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Exploring the Culture Change in Memory Care

Exploring the Culture Change in Memory CareExploring the Culture Change in Memory Care

Last month, we talked about how there has been a shift in the focus of Alzheimer’s care internationally; how even though treatment of symptoms and effects on the brain is still vitally important, scientists and healthcare providers have started approaching the manner of memory care in a more preventative way. Dr. G. Allen Power, M.D. from the University of Rochester is one of these healthcare providers. 4 years ago, Power published a book titled “Dementia Beyond Drugs:..


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What do Families Expect of Your Memory Care Facility?

What do Families Expect of Your Memory Care FacilityWhat do Families Expect of Your Memory Care Facility?

In a blog post earlier this year, we explored the factors that families and potential residents look for when choosing a nursing home. Features included the home’s proximity to Dr.’s offices and shopping centers, status of the current residents, staffing, and facility condition among other things. When it comes to choosing a nursing home that will serve as a memory care facility, resident’s families are understandably pickier about their decision, given the specialized care..


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Nursing Home Liability: Are We Facing a Caregiver Crisis?

Nursing Home Liability Are We Facing a Caregiver Crisis

Nursing Home Liability: Are We Facing a Caregiver Crisis?

According to reports released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics near the end of 2013, there are three jobs in the senior living industry  that are expected to be in exponentially higher demand in the coming years. These positions include personal care aides, home health aides, and nursing assistants; all of which are vital to nursing homes. The presence of well-trained nursing staff is essential to reducing nursing home liability, but will there be..


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How Can Staff Improve Resident Self-Esteem in Nursing Home Settings?

How Can Staff Improve Resident Self-Esteem in Nursing Home Settings?How Can Staff Improve Resident Self-Esteem in Nursing Home Settings?

In an article on senior living website McKnights.com, Occupational Therapist Shelly Mesure explored the idea of how the elderly may relate to today’s media and its focus on the importance of being “sexy” and beautiful. Mesure has observed some nursing home residents who still take decent care of their looks; wearing high heels, dressing up for meals, and putting thought into their appearance in general. She notes that unfortunately, this is a..


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Nursing Home Insurance: Who Should Make End-of-Life Decisions?

Nursing Home Insurance Who Should Make End-of-Life DecisionsNursing Home Insurance: Who Should Make End-of-Life Decisions?

On June 15th2014 Casey Kasem, an American disc jockey, music historian, radio personality, and actor, passed away at the age of 82, having suffered from a condition known as Lewy body dementia, which is closely related to Parkinson’s disease and left Kasem unable to speak. Therefore, he was unable to express his wishes for end-of-life care. As high-profile as this case was, many people are aware of the feuding that occurred between Jean Kasem, Casey’s wife,..


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