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Improving Nursing Homes by Addressing Continuing Problems

Improving Nursing Homes by Addressing Continuing ProblemsThere are many opinions about what the biggest problems facing nursing homes today are. For example, according to a recent NPR report, almost 300,000 nursing home residents are currently receiving antipsychotic drugs,  and another report indicated that antibiotics were also being overused, leading many to believe that the true problem facing nursing homes is that residents are overmedicated. To not only help improve the care of your residents but to also reduce your Nursing Home Liability Risks, what continuing problems should you be aware of?

Many nursing care facilities are for-profit businesses, and according to a report from AdvanceWeb.com, these types of nursing homes historically have lower staffing ratios. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports that for-profit facilities are consistently poorer performers nationally when compared to nonprofit facilities, such as centers for Medicare and Medicaid Advocacy.

Perhaps due to understaffing, or perhaps because people are living longer and thus waiting longer to enter nursing homes, another common problem nursing homes have is that statistics show one in three people admitted to a nursing home die within a year, yet fewer than 15% receive hospice care. This seemingly poor level of care leads many elderly individuals or their loved ones to seek alternatives to nursing home or assisted living care, which could be putting seniors in even more harm than good.

Overall, your nursing facility should be a place of residence that matches your residents’ individual choices, preferences, and freedom. Nursing home staff are encouraged to focus on more rehabilitative care than simply comfort care.

At DignCARE, we understand that you are in the business of caring for others. This is why our Nursing Home Insurance Policies reach beyond financial protection and extend to offering Risk Management Tips and focus on the care and well-being of your residents. For more information about our products and services, please contact us today at (855) 883-6306.

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