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  • What Needs to be Done to Improve Nursing Home Care

    Over two decades ago the report from the Institute of Medicine (IoM) led the way for monumental changes to take place within the nursing home industry. The report of the IoM basically stated that nursing homes needed significant reform and that it was an industry that was loosely regulated, potentially compromising the lives of many who ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on January 28, 2015
  • Protecting Residents From Each Other

    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 from dementia walked into the room of a 58-year-old man. The man was heard yelling, and ...
    Posted to Legal Speak (Weblog) on December 9, 2010
  • Additional Staff Training Must Accompany the Increasing Complexity of Care

    Click here to read Brian's column ''Gerotalk'' on the ADVANCE for Long-Term Care Management Web site. According to AHCA, many long-term care organizations are increasing the levels of services they provide: More than 36 companies are adding rehabilitation suites or units.'' 16 are planning to add new services such as Alzheimer's care, ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on June 22, 2009
  • We Still Have A long Way To Go

    With all the changes that nursing homes have undergone during the last 20 years, we still have a considerable way to go.  Even with nursing home reform that started slightly over 20 years ago, especially the movement to make the nursing home environment more homelike, the changes that have been introduced still have not eliminated the ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on November 19, 2008
  • Matching Residents to Facility Resources

    It is no surprise to anyone who works in health care that census is always a critical issue for long-term care facilities. This especially is an important focus for many skilled nursing care facilities. As more assisted living facilities are now taking many residents that at one time was the purview of nursing facilities, many nursing ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on August 29, 2008
  • Can Apples & Oranges Be Compared?

    The Bush administration advocated the need to rate nursing homes on a similar ranking system to that found in the hotel and restaurant industry. At first blush this seems an intuitively simple and consumer friendly system. Why not have consumers that are looking to place their loved ones in nursing homes have a simple system of one through ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on June 30, 2008
  • Hot Button Topic: Is the Type of Nursing Home Ownership Important?

    A recent September 2007 New York Times article entitled, At Many Homes, More Profit and Less Nursing, discussed the issue of profit and ownership, especially by private equity firms. This article especially was quite critical of many companies that reduce important nursing staff to enhance their profits. For those nursing homes, especially those ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on January 22, 2008