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5-Star Nursing Home Rating System Is A Farce

The 5-Star Nursing Home Rating System Is A Farce It seemed like a good idea in December 2008 when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rolled out a 5-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily. By definition, a 5-star rating means that a facility ranks in…

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State Enforcing Nursing Homes

Should State Surveyors Be Consultants or Enforcers To Nursing Homes? Who stands firm and resolute when it comes to holding Skilled Nursing Facilities, psychiatric hospitals, home health agencies, hospice agencies, intermediate care facilities, dialysis clinics, and adult day health centers accountable when they violate the rules and California regulations protecting patients?  Well, it turns out…

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Covid Nursing Home Deaths

A “Silver Tsunami” of Covid Nursing Home Deaths Is Yet To Come The fact that 115,000 people have so far died this year in nursing homes from COVID-19, and many times have become infected has prompted many families to reconsider whether to place their elderly loved ones in such institutions. According to the Wall Street…

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Physical and Chemical Restraints – Friend or Foe?

Physical and Chemical Restraints – Friend or Foe? Physical and Chemical Restraints Dangerous to Nursing Home Patients It is a common practice among nursing homes today to use restraints, both physical and chemical, to medically treat a patient.  Not all restraints are illegal, as there are proper as well as improper uses of restraints.  Restraints…

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Can the Consumer Ever Win? Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Homes

Can the Consumer Ever Win? Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Homes Somewhere in your cell phone or credit card contract, buried in the fine print is a mandatory arbitration clause which waives your right to a jury trial and instead binds you to arbitration if there is ever a dispute.  You may not have known that…

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Choosing an Elder Care Facilities

Choosing an Elder Care Facilities – Which One is Right for You? Does your loved one need more care and supervision than you can provide at home?  Are you at a loss about what type of facility or home is appropriate for your Mom or Dad?  This blog is dedicated to describing the different types…

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When a Residential Care Facility is Inadequate

Reasons of inadequate Residential Care Facility Your mom and dad are getting older, and can no longer live on their own.  They can still walk, talk, and are mentally and emotionally stable, but they need assistance with daily activities that most people take for granted – eating, dressing, bathing, brushing their teeth, or need help…

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Understaffed Nursing Home Facilities

Understaffed Nursing Home Facilities Understaffed Nursing Home Facilities – Elders residing in nursing care and residential care facilities often do not receive the care you would expect.  Many residents are abused or neglected.  They contract illnesses, suffer from untreated wounds that become infections, and in severe cases, they may die. One of the main causes…

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Nursing Home Neglect is Against the Law

Nursing Home Neglect is Against the Law Nursing home abuse is morally reprehensible and against the law.  However, it is still a prevalent problem.  What would motivate nursing home facilities to break the law?  Profit.  Nursing homes run like a business – they will act in a way which maximizes profits at the expense of…

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Remedies for Dementia Residents

Remedies for Dementia Residents – Dementia affects over 5 million people in the United States. Facilities that are overworked and understaffed sometimes characterize behaviors of older people with dementia as “resistant behavior.” Nursing homes and long-term care facilities jump to chemical restraints (drugs) to manage what they characterize as “disruptive” behavior of dementia residents when…

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