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Monthly Archives: January 2009

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Many nursing homes have young residents for short term rehab

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The Fort Mill Times had an interesting article discussing how nursing homes are no longer for those who are elderly.  Many young people live in them when they become disabled.  The article talks about  Lori Hagedorn.  She had worked at nursing homes before she started living in one at age 45. She suffers with chronic medical … Continue Reading

Eviction of resident stayed

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WBALTV.com had a story about a nursing home patient who was threatened with eviction from her facility because she couldn’t pay her bill has been allowed to stay.  The WBAL TV 11 News I-Team detailed the story of Melanie Conaway, a multiple sclerosis patient. A nursing home called Future Care Northpoint in Dundalk was about … Continue Reading

Growth of health care spending

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McKnight’s had an article about health care spending.  The article states that Federal spending on nursing home and home health accelerated in 2007, even as overall healthcare spending grew at the slowest rate since 1998, according to a new spending report issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Freestanding nursing home spending expanded by … Continue Reading

Technology may solve the nursing home crisis

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Science Daily had an interesting article about how technology can assist in caring for residents at home instead of placing them in nursing homes. Many older adults want to remain active and independent and to live in their own homes and avoid moving to nursing homes. University of Missouri researchers are using sensors, computers and communication … Continue Reading

Diabetic care in nursing homes

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Washington Post had an article recently about the epidemic of diabetes in nursing homes.  The article states that more and more people with diabetes are living to older ages but nursing homes are not ready for the additional challenges that come with treating patients with diabetes. "We need to spend appropriate time to think of a way … Continue Reading

Nursing Home of the Future

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Providence Business News at PBN.com had an inspirational article about a group called Nursing Home of the Future.  They are a team of professionals who are trying to understand the difficulties of living in a nursing home and recommending changes to how we care for our vulnerable adults. The members of the Nursing Home of … Continue Reading

New federal rules make it more difficult to get information

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The Capital-Journal Editorial Board had a recent editorial about a change in federal rules on nursing home inspections that restricts access to information about care facilities. The changes were adopted by the Bush administration and went into effect in October. "It’s an extremely troubling development — it puts a lot of information related to nursing-home inspections … Continue Reading

Editorial from Aiken Standard

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The Aiken Standard had an interesting editorial about the deficient care of nursing homes in Aiken, South Carolina and the new 5 star rating system.  The editorial states that nursing homes are increasingly becoming an integral part of the health care network in our country. As people live longer, the chances that they will spend … Continue Reading

Florida nursing homes given immunity from new disclosure law

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Florida’s "right to know" constitutional amendment that allows patients to check records of medical mistakes by health care providers doesn’t apply to nursing homes according to the Florida Supreme Court. The decision in Benjamin v. Tandem Healthcare, Inc. came in a lawsuit over the death of Marlene Gagnon, a nursing home resident who choked to death on food … Continue Reading