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Managing Nursing Home Resident Expectations

Managing Nursing Home Resident ExpectationsAs a nursing home administrator or staff member, you know what to expect when transitioning in a new resident. Typically, you won’t have reservations should you have to put a parent or another loved one in a nursing home, as you will understand the process and what arrangements need to be made, as well as all the intricacies of different types of assisted living facilities. Unfortunately though, the majority of your residents and their families do not know what to expect, and may have some unrealistic ideas..


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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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Senior Activities Prevent Falls

Senior Activities Prevent FallsSenior Activities Prevent Falls

According to a recent study, one in three older adults fall each year. Among this population, falls are actually a leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. Preventing this can be a simple task if one adopts the right know-how and continuing activity that is associated with it. Falls are a major concern and possible life threatening problem, especially for the folks in assisted living quaters. Although they receive additional specialized assistance, taking a spill is often caused by the individual and..


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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.

One of the..


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What are the Traits of the Best Nursing Homes of 2014?

What are the Traits of the Best Nursing Homes of 2014What are the Traits of the Best Nursing Homes of 2014?

Earlier this week, SeniorAdvisor.com unveiled its “Best of 2015 Awards” highlighting the senior living facilities that are ranked among the top in the country for their performance over the last year. SeniorAdvisor.com is a website showcasing thousands of families’ reviews of assisted living, memory care communities, retirement communities, and other senior living homes. Their report found that assisted living providers in Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas represented the top three U.S...


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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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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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