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Tag Archives: Assisted living

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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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..


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Finding Quiet Alternatives to Nursing Home Alarms

Finding Quiet Alternatives to Nursing Home AlarmsA recent Boston Globe article raised an interesting question; are nursing home bed and chair alarms doing more harm than good? While some may see them as a disruptive nuisance often the cause of false alarms, just the thought of accidentally setting one off keeps many nursing home residents in bed or in their wheelchair despite being uncomfortable or needing to use the restroom. This whole situation creates a vicious circle that could certainly expose your nursing home or assisted living facility to Senior..


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How to Normalize the Senior Living Experience

How to Normalize the Senior Living ExperienceHow to Normalize the Senior Living Experience

As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age and begin to consider a move to a continuing care retirement center or some other type of assisted living facility, nursing homes are finding themselves getting ready for an influx of patients and residents. Despite this boom in the aging population, however, many of these elderly individuals have a tough time transitioning out of their homes they’ve known for years; often feeling like if they have lived differently, or raised..


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How effective is Your Nursing Home’s Emergency Plan?

How effective is Your Nursing Home's Emergency PlanHow effective is Your Nursing Home's Emergency Plan?

Back in November, a massive snowstorm forced the partial evacuation of a 184-bed New York nursing home and rehabilitation center, as part of a roof had collapsed and caused a gas leak. With winter upon us, assisted living facility administrators need to take a close look at their policies and procedures to ensure that they have an appropriate plan in place to protect their elderly residents, and staff, in the case of a disaster such as..


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Staff Shortage in Nursing Homes Is Growing Concern

Staff Shortage in Nursing Homes Is Growing ConcernStaff Shortage in Nursing Homes Is Growing Concern

According to a recent report from the University of California, San Francisco, workers are leaving long-term are at a faster rate than they are joining the field. In previous posts, we have discussed how the aging population is only growing, and thus the demand for long-term care workers will grow. While staff shortage in nursing homes is not necessarily a new development, it’s becoming a growing concern throughout the industry.

It’s important for nursing home administrators and..


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Assisted Living Liability: Residents Forced to Pay FEMA?

Assisted Living Liability Residents Forced to Pay FEMAAssisted Living Liability: Residents Forced to Pay FEMA?

Even though Hurricane Sandy hit over two years ago, many individuals are still feeling its effects today. Some of these individuals are residents of a New York City assisted living center. They recently received letters from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) demanding that they repay thousands of dollars in Hurricane Sandy aid that they received.

According to FEMA, the aid they provided was only meant to be used for temporary housing; however the state put assisted..


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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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How Should Dining Options be Approached in Nursing Homes?

How Should Dining Options be approached in Nursing HomesHow Should Dining Options be approached in Nursing Homes?

As stated in a post we published last year discussing how to serve the nutritional needs of the elderly, the most common nutritional problems among residents of nursing homes are weight loss and related protein energy malnutrition. While the causes of this are typically related more to the effects of depression or side effects of medications, it does not refute the need for good nutritional care. In fact, it makes nutritional care even more..


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Senior Living Insurance: Elderly Safety on the Road

Senior Living Insurance Elderly Safety on the RoadSenior Living Insurance: Elderly Safety on the Road

There have been many debates in recent years, based on stories of elderly people getting into collisions and accidents as well as studies done pertaining to reaction times, on whether or not seniors should be required to stop driving at a certain age. The problem with this is, there are many seniors who are completely able bodied, minus a few ailments; perhaps an arthritic knee, or muscle stiffness. The fact is, seniors are entering community care..


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