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Category Archives: risk management

Making a Case for Cameras in Nursing Homes

Making a Case for Cameras in Nursing Homes Earlier this year, we discussed the debate over the Removal of a Web Cam from a nursing home patient which caused some friction among the patient care staff and patients’ loved ones. Although the camera was placed in his room for security purposes, it was removed without consent by the nursing staff. More states are starting to draft legislature to permit cameras but it is still in the beginning stages. Still, the controversy remains: Are cameras going to be allowed in all nursing..


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5 Key Indicators Your Nursing Home May Be Under-Insured

5 Key Indicators Your Nursing Home May Be Under-InsuredYou probably see them all the time; those car and home insurance commercials that make you question if you have enough insurance, or even if you have too much insurance. It’s important to realize though, that this doesn’t just occur when purchasing personal insurance lines, these types of issues can come up with business insurance as well, which is why it’s vital to choose the right insurance company when it comes to understanding how to Financially Protect Your Assisted Living Facility or..


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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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What U.S. Cities Have the Highest Population of Seniors?

What U.S. Cities Have the Highest Population of SeniorsWhat U.S. Cities Have the Highest Population of Seniors?

According to a 2010 census analysis by demographer Wendell Cox, the oldest metropolitan areas in American have twice as high a concentration of residents over the ages of 60. In newer areas, this level is not expected until 2020, or even 2050. Apparently, the oldest metropolitan areas tend to be clustered in the old industrial regions of the country, with the exception of Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL and Miami, FL.

Forbes.com also analyzed changes of the..


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What is National Long-Term Care Awareness Month About?

What is National Long-Term Care Awareness Month AboutWhat is National Long-Term Care Awareness Month About?

We are well into the second week of November, and many people have become aware of a movement called National Long-Term Care Awareness Month. However, not a lot of people know what it’s about. National Long-Term Care Awareness Month was created as a way to build awareness for the type of care those individuals with chronic illnesses or disabilities need. Long-term care is an unavoidable issue; sooner or later everyone will have to deal with the..


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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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Nursing Home Loss Control: Are Stricter Background Checks Needed?

Nursing Home Loss Control Are Stricter Background Checks NeededNursing Home Loss Control: Are Stricter Background Checks Needed?

In Oklahoma, new legislation recently took effect requiring nursing homes and other health care providers to use more stringent screening processes for filling certain jobs. As of a decade ago, an estimated 30% of nursing homes in the United States (over 5,000 facilities) experienced about 9,000 cases of elderly abuse of some kind. Although conditions have greatly improved in the majority of these nursing homes over the years, abuse and neglect are still very real..


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Recent Lawsuit Raises Concerns about Proper Nursing Home Conduct

Recent Lawsuit Raises Concerns about Proper Nursing Home ConductRecent Lawsuit Raises Concerns about Proper Nursing Home Conduct

According to a lawsuit filed by the family of 85-year-old Bernice Youngblood, the dementia patient had a male stripper dancing in front of her against her will at her suburban New York nursing home. The facility’s lawyer claims that the performance had been requested by its residents, a fact disputed by Youngblood’s son Franklin Youngblood who claims that after seeing a photo of the alleged indiscretion, he immediately went to a nursing supervisor for an..


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