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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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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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Uproar Caused Over Removal of Web Cam from Disabled Nursing Home Resident

Uproar Caused Over Removal of Web Cam from Disabled Nursing Home ResidentGiven the statistics out there for the public on nursing home abuse, it’s only natural that the families and loved ones of nursing home residents would want as much access to them as possible. Unfortunately, there have been numerous cases of neglect that have made headlines, in which the residents’ loved ones never discovered. So what is a concerned family member to do? These findings have led many individuals to look at Web Cams, or “Nanny Cams” as a solution.

Is..


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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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Is Antibiotic Overuse Causing Nursing Home Illnesses?

Is Antibiotic Overuse Causing Nursing Home Illnesses

Antibiotic overuse in nursing homes is not a new topic. For example, in 2013 MEDPAGE TODAY reported that approximately 1/5th of clinicians who worked at a long-term care facility prescribed most of the antibiotics given to their elderly residents, and about half of those prescriptions were for longer than a week.  Antibiotic overuse in nursing homes seems to be a problem that still remains unresolved, potentially creating illnesses amongst residents and therefore increasing Nursing Home Insurance Liability Risks.

Why is antibiotic overuse a problem? As..


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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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Should Nursing Home Staff Be Allowed to Refuse Shifts?

Should Nursing Home Staff Be Allowed to Refuse ShiftsShould Nursing Home Staff Be Allowed to Refuse Shifts?

It’s no secret that in any industry, fatigue and sleepiness can have a detrimental effect on an employee’s productivity. Not only that, it can put themselves or others at risk, depending on the field in which they’re employed. Nursing home staff is certainly not an exception. Naturally, extended work shifts combined with sleep deprivation and fatigue can be a dangerous combination when it comes to administering care to elderly residents; especially those who have specific..


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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 to Ease the Transition into a Continuing Care Retirement Center

How to Ease the Transition into a Continuing Care Retirement CenterHow to Ease the Transition into a Continuing Care Retirement Center

For many senior citizens, making the decision to transition to a Continuing Care Retirement Center (CCRC) can be a difficult and emotional one. Some seniors have been in their previous homes for 50+ years and even though they may know they can no longer care for their home or themselves like they used to, especially if they are on their own, there is a sense of loss when they have to sell or leave it.

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Exploring the Culture Change in Memory Care

Exploring the Culture Change in Memory CareExploring the Culture Change in Memory Care

Last month, we talked about how there has been a shift in the focus of Alzheimer’s care internationally; how even though treatment of symptoms and effects on the brain is still vitally important, scientists and healthcare providers have started approaching the manner of memory care in a more preventative way. Dr. G. Allen Power, M.D. from the University of Rochester is one of these healthcare providers. 4 years ago, Power published a book titled “Dementia Beyond Drugs:..


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