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Why are Nursing Homes Increasingly Seeing Lawsuits?

Why are Nursing Homes Increasingly Seeing LawsuitsWhy are Nursing Homes Increasingly Seeing Lawsuits?

In recent years, nursing homes and other assisted living facilities have seen an increase in lawsuits. Perhaps this can be partly blamed on the sudden influx of lawsuits overall, we live in an increasingly litigious society after all. However, it’s important to get down to the bottom line of what is really causing these legal claims. Doing so could help nursing home administrators to potentially reduce their risks of lawsuits and better assist their staff and residents.

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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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Should Nursing Homes be High Tech?

Should Nursing Homes be High TechShould Nursing Homes be High Tech?

Ten or so years ago, nobody would have ever thought that a senior citizen in a nursing home would have any need for a computer, let alone Wifi. However, for the seniors entering senior living communities nowadays and who have been part of the digital revolution, having Wifi available could almost be a necessity.

Even if residents don’t have their own computer system, having a computer room within a nursing home could be beneficial. This allows seniors to stay connected and social...


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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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Keeping up with the Culture Change in Nursing Homes

Keeping up with the Culture Change in Nursing HomesKeeping up with the Culture Change in Nursing Homes

Traditionally, nursing homes were created over 50 years ago as “homes for the aged”. Architecturally, many were built like hospitals and organized to be similarly run. While nursing home staff and visiting health care professionals can and do provide medical care to the residents, the concept of nursing homes has changed dramatically for many people in recent years. Perhaps most importantly, the seniors who live at these facilities want to be referred to as residents,..


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Nursing Home Insurance: Improving Patient Care

Nursing Home Insurance: Improving Patient CareNursing Home Insurance: Improving Patient Care

The best way for nursing home owners to provide their residents with a quality life is by focusing on improving patient care. This can be challenge among changing regulations and overhead concerns, but it is absolutely imperative and doable for any facility. Here are some practical time savers and morale boosters to practice among your staff that will be felt by your patients as well.

Consolidate patient questions, pre-certifications, and referrals. Have a staff expert who handles all pre-certifications and referrals..


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Senior Living Insurance: Living Longer But Not Always Better

Senior Living Insurance: Living Longer But Not Always BetterSenior Living Insurance: Living Longer But Not Always Better

A study by the Assisted Living Federation of America found that the average life expectancy for Americans rose from 75.2 years in 1990 to 78.2 years in 2010. However, the study also found that despite the longer life span, individuals were in good health without disabilities for an average of 68.1 years, leaving a significant gap.

The gain in life expectancy was attributed to better management of certain diseases, particularly breast and colon cancer and..


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Senior Living Insurance: New Drugs to Combat Opioid Abuse

Senior Living Insurance New Drugs to Combat Opioid AbuseSenior Living Insurance: New Drugs to Combat Opioid Abuse

A few months back, we discussed the use of prescription painkillers and the chance of addiction and abuse among the elderly. Now the pharmaceutical industry is taking steps to combat the widespread abuse of opioids.

Backed by a U.S. campaign to slow abuse of prescription painkillers, drugmakers are creating new forms of medicines that don’t lead to misuse and new products that treat dependency. If all goes will it could change the face of the..


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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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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.

In the..


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