Articles on "Nursing Homes"

July 9, 2012 3:15 pm

Nursing Home Resident Speaks Out

Anyone who thinks nursing home residents are helpless and unable to speak up for themselves never met Donna Parisi. Her voice works fine. In fact, she’s hoping it will be heard all the way in Washington, where federal officials are reviewing sweeping changes proposed for New Jersey’s nursing home industry. The former teacher, who uses a wheelchair, is leading the rebellion against the state’s plan to further privatize its Medicaid program. She has spent hours trying to enlist local politicians […]

July 2, 2012 1:21 pm

Study Reveals Detroit Nursing Home Crisis

Nineteen of Detroit’s 32 nursing homes must upgrade or install sprinkler systems by next summer to be certified and continue to receive the funding they need to stay open, according to a new study on aging, long-term care and dying. The same study, as detailed in Sunday’s Free Press, portends an increasing need for nursing home care for city residents. The study, which will be released today by the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, is titled “Dying Before Their Time.” […]

June 12, 2012 4:04 pm

Aging Expert Discusses How to Talk with Parents About Moving Into Nursing Home, End-of-Life Wishes

As far as conversations with parents go, talking with them about moving into a nursing home and other end-of-life issues may be the hardest. “The first time talking about this is going to be really, really hard because it’s a painful subject to think about,” said Gayle Doll, assistant professor in Kansas State University’s College of Human Ecology and director of the Center on Aging. “However, it is also one of the most important conversations you can have.” An expert […]

May 29, 2012 5:05 pm

34 Year Old Shares Perspective of Nursing Home

A 34 year old editor for a non-profit shares her experience of living in a nursing home for a month.  She lost her ability to walk after a bout with a rare blood disorder. Read article

April 23, 2012 7:20 pm

Study Finds Accreditation Improves Safety Culture at Nursing Homes

Research appears in May issue of Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety Accredited nursing homes report a stronger resident safety culture than nonaccredited facilities, according to a new study published in the May 2012 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. The study shows that senior managers at more than 4,000 facilities across the U.S. identify Joint Commission accreditation as a positive influence on patient safety issues such as staffing, teamwork, training, nonpunitive responses […]

March 19, 2012 1:44 am

Pennsylvania Nursing Homes are in crisis

www.publicopiniononline.com reports that Pennsylvania Nursing Homes are in crisis, the article quotes Dr. Stuart H. Shapiro, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA), “Two-thirds of Pennsylvania’s nursing home residents are on Medicaid, and for each one of them, a nursing home loses an average of $19.23 a day. These shortfalls are unsustainable.” According to PHCA: Staffing a nursing home around the clock makes up 70 percent of nursing home expenditures. At the same time, nursing homes are highly […]

March 12, 2012 3:04 pm

39 homes with perfect ratings in US News Honor Roll

U.S. News Best Nursing Homes aims to make one of life’s most difficult decisions a little easier. For the 3.3 million Americans who move into a nursing home each year, and for their caregivers and loved ones, the realization that a move is inevitable can be just the beginning of an agonizing process: figuring out where to go. Everyone deserves a home that will take care of their health needs and treat them with dignity. But only some nursing homes […]

February 13, 2012 9:22 pm

Nursing Home Quality Not Improving – Investigative Report USAToday

A recent USA Today report reveals that 560 of the nation’s nursing homes have not budged for the past three years from a one-star federal government rating — the lowest on a five-star scale. The star ratings are part of a broader federal effort to increase transparency for consumers of health care. When introduced in late 2008, nursing home industry groups called them simplistic and unfair. Some consumer advocates say nursing home quality can change quickly, and no ratings system […]

February 9, 2012 1:34 pm

Nursing Homes and Hospitals Prepare for Another Round of Budget Cuts

Nursing-home operators, already hit hard by last year’s cuts in federal and state funding, face another revenue loss in Pennsylvania Governors proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The budget proposal, released Tuesday, calls for a 4 percent cut in the Medicaid reimbursement rate for nursing homes. The total revenue loss for nursing homes is projected by the Pennsylvania Health Care Association to be $46.5 million. That amounts to a nearly $8-per-day reduction in the average daily reimbursement […]

January 30, 2012 10:09 pm

NYT Article Explores Male / Female Occupancy in Nursing Homes

Paula Span explores a topic in her weekly New York Times post that touches on something discharge planning and case managers know all too well!  She writes, “Nursing homes are heavily female, like the elderly population itself. A report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2010 found that about two-thirds of residents were women. In some homes I’ve visited, it looks closer to 80 percent. And most rooms in nursing homes are “semiprivate,” one of the great […]