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Beware of Contractors
March 31, 2011 10:45 AM by Tony DeWitt
From Tennessee comes a cautionary tale for nursing home operators about the perils of contracting with parties who provide services reimbursed by the federal government. Outsourcing and downsizing are sometimes good ways of dealing with not having enough Read More...
Electrical Hazards
March 25, 2011 2:31 PM by Tony DeWitt
One of the reasons that new parents buy electrical outlet covers is because they know that children are apt to put their fingers in places they should not. The same can be said for demented patients, and recently a New York facility was cited by the state Read More...
The Warm Body Phenomenon
February 3, 2011 11:04 AM by Tony DeWitt
In the military there is an aphorism that suggests that when you are up to your neck in alligators, it is hard to remember that your objective is to drain the swamp. It's a way of saying that sometimes the day-to-day hassles keep us from realizing our Read More...
Taking Care of the Young
January 21, 2011 9:37 AM by Tony DeWitt
About one out of every seven people in nursing homes in the United States are less than 65 years old . That number has risen 22 percent in the last few years and accounts for about 15% of all nursing home residents. The reasons for this vary, from poor Read More...
Protecting Residents From Each Other
December 9, 2010 11:42 AM by Tony DeWitt
I know that sometimes I must sound like a broken record, but an incident in a Vermont nursing facility underscores why it is so important for nursing personnel to actively manage patient interactions. In Bennington, Vermont an 84-year-old woman suffering Read More...
Smoker's Rights?
October 13, 2010 9:05 AM by Tony DeWitt
Last week a client called me up and asked me this question: could he legitimately refuse to hire health care workers because they smoke? His position was that as a health care organization, it was important to hire individuals who share the commitment Read More...
Fire Safety & Staffing
August 26, 2009 9:47 AM by Tony DeWitt
For the most part, nursing home administrations would like to be able to make the determination about how many staff are needed for a given situation on their own without government oversight. This has always been the American way. The employer gets the Read More...
Prior Planning Prevents Plaintiffs Petitions
December 13, 2007 2:47 PM by Tony DeWitt
Yesterday, after two days without power, I returned home to find my home in darkness, with the temperature hovering at 43 degrees. A massive ice storm broke trees like dried spaghetti, and cut power to over 44,000 homes in the Jefferson City, Mo. area. Read More...
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    A.L. "Tony" DeWitt, RRT, CRT, JD, FAARC
    Occupation: Attorney
    Setting: Jefferson City, Mo.
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