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By Peggy Morrison, Kristy Dickens, 09/16/2019
The aging process may slow us down a bit, but it doesn’t stop our desire or our need to remain a part of our communities and the world around us. Aging adults still enjoy shopping, need to attend appointments, and travel to various attractions and activities away from their senior living or skilled nursing...
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By Peggy Morrison, Kristy Dickens, 08/21/2019
As America continues to age, the number of people residing in nursing homes and assisted living communities is expected to increase. Abuse and neglect continues to be an issue for our frail and vulnerable elderly population in senior living communities. According to the National Ombudsman Reporting System (NORS)...
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By Peggy Morrison, 12/18/2018
Private duty personnel provide personal care or companionship to residents in senior living communities. They are paid for by the resident but because they are working in the senior living community, they create a unique risk exposure. Senior living providers must decide if they will allow private duty aids in...
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By Peggy Morrison, 10/24/2018
Resident falls remain one of the most frequent challenges confronting the senior living industry. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has stated that three of every four nursing center residents fall each year, and the average resident has two to three falls per year. Most nursing centers have...
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By Peggy Morrison, 06/22/2018
With the implementation of the Phase II “Mega Rule” that went in to effect on November 28, 2017, nursing homes are now required to focus on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in an effort to reduce the number of resident infections. The cost of HAIs on the long-term care industry is estimated to...
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By Peggy Morrison, 05/15/2018
According to 2017 statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, with a significant percentage of these individuals requiring community support in a skilled nursing or assisted living facility. In an effort to enhance...
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By Peggy Morrison, Fred Sebastian, 03/27/2018
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one-half of all nonfatal injuries from occupational assaults and violent acts occurred in healthcare and social services settings. Whether working in a skilled or assisted living facility, healthcare providers often face residents and family members who lose...
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By Peggy Morrison, 03/13/2018
From January 1, 1985, to January 1, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received 901 medical device reports related to bed rails. These reports described instances of residents being caught, trapped, entangled or strangled in hospital beds. Of these 901 incidents, 531 resulted in death. Over the past...
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By Peggy Morrison, 12/26/2017
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is calling for the closure of an Illinois Veterans Home where 13 residents have died of Legionnaire’s disease since 2015. Durban states the Quincy facility should be closed until its 100-year-old plumbing system can be fixed or the state builds a new home, and that Governor Bruce...
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By Peggy Morrison, 12/11/2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced late in November that long-term care providers will be given 18 months to adapt to some of the new requirements for participation without facing penalties. When the interpretive guidance for Phase 2 of the new rules were released over the summer,...
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