ElderCarelink Blog

3 pieces of advice for elder’s stay in rehab facility

by Dorian Martin
August 14th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Have you had a loved one who became really weak while hospitalized? If so, you may worry about the elder being discharged to come directly home, even if you have assistance for home health care. I was in this predicament in June.

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Are nursing homes prepared for emergencies?

by Dorian Martin
April 24th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

In the past few months, the US has experienced an active tornado season. Once recently touched down in Arlington, Texas, damaging a nursing home. Having regularly visited my mother when she lived in a similar situation, I was terrified about the fate of the residents. Fortunately, everyone was fine when the “all clear” was sounded.

However, there is cause for worry. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) just released a study that assessed emergency preparedness and responsiveness of Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes that experienced disasters from 2007-2010. This report was a follow-up to a 2006 report that found that emergency plans were lacking for nursing homes that were in hurricanes.

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Nursing homes going the way of the dinosaurs?

by Judy Kirkwood
January 3rd, 2012 at 11:19 am

What if after you researched and visited and agonized and finally placed your family member in a nursing home you realized someone was encouraging them to leave the nursing home? How frustrating is that?

Hello Medicare.

Regulations adopted by Medicare in October 2010 mandated that a patient or guardian be asked if they wanted to go back in the community every three months. But now the question has been reworded to more specifically suggest moving out, according to Paula Span in The New Old Age column that runs in The New York Times.

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Getting comfortable with nursing home visits

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
November 3rd, 2011 at 10:55 am

It took me more than a few months to get used to the emptiness I felt at home after having cared for Mom full-time, for more than 3 years. Initially, my nursing home visits felt as if time stood still. Our conversations were not the same due to her dementia. I felt as if I had lost my life-long best friend. In some ways, it still feels that way, although I have long since adapted to the rhythm and flow of nursing home visits.

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Getting used to a nursing home takes time

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
August 16th, 2011 at 9:00 am

Just as it takes elder time to get used to living in a nursing home, it also takes more than a little time for a former caregiver to get used to the nursing home. That’s what is happening today, now that we’ve moved mom into a nursing home.

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