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Assisted Living Facilities Insurance: Top-Rated Facilities for 2014

Assisted Living Facilities Insurance Top-Rated Facilities for 2014Assisted Living Facilities Insurance: Top-Rated Facilities for 2014

As a program manager or owner of a senior care center, you have many financial and legal considerations to make. It’s important to ensure you are financially protected from claims as a result of an employee incident or resident incident with Assisted Living Facilities Insurance. Equally important, is knowing what makes any particular facility successful and what makes them stand out amongst residents, their families, and potential residents. In late January of this year, senior care resource..


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How Caregivers Can Ease the Transition to Assisted Living- Part 2

How Caregivers Can Ease the Transition to Assisted Living- Part 2How Caregivers Can Ease the Transition to Assisted Living- Part 2

In the first part of our blog post entitled “How Caregivers Can Ease the Transition to Assisted Living”, we discussed how this move can make senior citizens feel a bit vulnerable, since they are leaving everything they were familiar with. We looked at ways that nursing home staff could help make the transition a little easier. In part 2, we’ll be exploring what behaviors to expect once the resident has moved..


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How Caregivers Can Ease the Transition to Assisted Living- Part 1

How Caregivers Can Ease the Transition to Assisted Living- Part 1How Caregivers Can Ease the Transition to Assisted Living- Part 1

Change is never easy, especially for senior citizens. The thought of making a move to an assisted living community can leave them feeling vulnerable, as they are basically leaving everything that is familiar to them behind. If they are lucky, they have loving family members who will visit them often and make their room seem as much like home as possible. However, whether they have family that they will be seeing..


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Senior Living Insurance: Green Tips for Your Community

Senior Living Insurance Green Tips for Your CommunitySenior Living Insurance: Green Tips for Your Community

Green living and energy efficiency has been steadily influencing the senior living industry. According to the Assisted Living Federation of America (AFLA), early adopters who have converted their senior living centers to be more energy efficient have demonstrated that savings of 30 percent are possible with no loss of comfort to the seniors or caregivers.

Here are some tips from the AFLA on basic tips you can do right now to green your senior living community.

Survey your..


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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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Hurricane Preparedness: Senior Living

Hurricane Preparedness Senior LivingHurricane Preparedness: Senior Living

At the Atlantic hurricane season begins, now is the time for nursing homes to review their emergency plans to ensure the safety of their residents and staff.

Previous reviews on nursing homes’ emergency preparedness plans haven’t always been positive. Federal regulations require that Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes have written emergency plans and that all employees have emergency preparedness training. However, in a sample study, plans often lacked information suggested by experts and nursing home administrators.

In the study, administrators from five of 20 facilities reported..


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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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Nursing Home Trends: Symptoms of Caregiver Stress

Nursing Home Trends Symptoms of Caregiver StressNursing Home Trends: Symptoms of Caregiver Stress

Oftentimes in the senior living industry, attention is paid to the seniors alone. Research, treatment plans, and senior living communities are all built to center around the unique needs of the aging. However, there is a second group that, while essential to the senior living industry, may be overlooked.

Caregivers are a rapidly expanding group. CNN even goes so far as to call it the “new normal.” As adults are living longer, and the baby boomers are nearing/in retirement,..


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Facebook Helps Nursing Home Residents with Cognitive Boost

Facebook Helps Nursing Home Residents with Cognitive Boost

Spending time on Facebook has been shown to reduce stress levels, slow down heart rates and relax people in general. And newest research according to the Huffington Post shows a new added benefit of Facebook: sharpening of mental abilities, particularly in adults over 65.

A graduate student in the University of Arizona department of psychology examined whether teaching older adults to use the social networking site could give a boost to their cognitive performance. The findings revealed that after learning to use Facebook, older adults performed 25 percent better on memory tasks.

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Nursing Home Insurance: Communication with Elderly Patients

Nursing Home Insurance Communication with Elderly PatientsNursing Home Insurance: Communication with Elderly Patients

Our population is aging in large numbers. Nearly one in five Americans will be over 65 by 2030. They go to the doctors nearly twice as many times as adults under 65. As a population, the sheer numbers of aging individuals presents a challenge to the healthcare industry. It is essential to develop a greater understanding of this population and work to improve communication.

Assuming patients are frail, dependent, hard of hearing, or unable to “get it” leads to a..


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