ElderCarelink Blog

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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The nursing home transition: what to expect

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
June 17th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Some caregivers don’t talk much about the transition period between an elder living at home and eventual placement in a nursing home. The silence among some in the caregiving community may speak volumes about the challenges so many of us caregivers may encounter in transitioning our elders to nursing homes.

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Nursing home communication: late night phone calls

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
June 13th, 2011 at 8:14 am

The call came at 2:30 AM when I was soundly sleeping. So deep was my sleep that I did not make it to the telephone before the last ring. The Caller ID displayed the nursing home’s number. When a nursing home calls in the wee hours, what news might a family caregiver expect? Some caregivers already know what we assume in the middle of the night when the telephone rings for any reason.

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Nursing Homes Supplement Family Care

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
August 9th, 2010 at 9:28 am

I hope that the day never comes. If the day comes, however, my one consolation will date back to my younger years. I always have been clear with my parents about how I view nursing home care and placement.

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