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Tag Archives: Elder Care

Is Your Elderly Loved One’s Nursing Home on This List?

In New York State there is a list, known as the “Do Not Refer” list that many state residents are unaware of. Facilities end up on the list when the facility or program receives a “written notice of an enforcement action based on a violation of an applicable law or regulation that creates an endangerment -->

Healthcare Focus on Increasing Profits, Elderly Forgotten

Did you know more that 1/3 of elderly dementia patients suffer some form of psychological or physical abuse? The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates over a million Americans over the age of 65 have been abused by a loved one or caregiver. Why are so many elderly patients and residents failed by a system -->

What’s being done to protect the elderly?

In a recent report released by State Comptroller Thomas D. Napoli major deficiencies in the State’s ability to efficiently identifying and prevent nursing home abuse and neglect were uncovered. fp_nh_quote.jpg The State has the ability to impose fines when Nursing Homes fail to meet basic standards. Any number of circumstances could constitute a fine. The -->

Medicare cracks down on Standards for Nursing Home Care.

Last week saw the star rating of almost a third of the nation’s nursing home fall, as federal officials made adjustments after criticism was aimed at them for inaccurate and inflated numbers. The decision was made in hopes that it would aid consumers in making the difficult choice between home care providers a little easier. -->

How Old is Too Old to Drive?

Adults ages 65 and older are responsible for 14% of traffic fatalities, and 17% of all pedestrian fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. So how do you know when your elderly loved one’s driving skills are being impaired and when it is time to take them off the road? Use this checklist to -->

Steps to Avoiding a Slip and Fall

Preventing a fall that can result in serious injuries and even death is not only done by being more careful, but by taking precautionary measures against falls. One of the ways to prevent falls is to exercise, as recommended by Judy A. Stevens, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among those -->

The Number of Older Americans Who Fall and Suffer Serious Injuries is Soaring

As Americans age and people live longer with bad health conditions, the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, sometimes fatal, injuries is soaring. So the retirement communities, assisted living facilities and nursing home are attempting to balance safety and their resident’s desire to live independently. Nearly 24,000 adults over the age of -->

Do You Have an Elderly Loved One in a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility? Are You Aware of the 4 Stages of Bed Sores?

Bed sores are pressure sores that cause an injury to the skin and underlying tissue. Types of bed sores can range from mild reddening of the skin to severe tissue damage that extends into the muscle and bone. Pressure sores are described in four stages: Stage 1: The sore is not an open wound. This -->

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Compliance Trails Federal Requirements

The Department of Health and Human Services Officer of Inspector General (OIG) released a report that examines reporting practices for abuse and neglect in nursing homes across the nation. The study found that: • 85% of nursing homes reported to the OIG at least one allegation of abuse or neglect in 2012. • 76% of -->

The Drawbacks to Privately Run Long-Term Care

A healthcare adjustment is underway in many states: a strong effort to slow down the increasing Medicaid cost of long-term care as people live longer and survive more disabling conditions. At least 26 states, including New York, are implementing mandatory programs that put billions of dollars in privately managed long-term care plans, in the hopes -->