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Jim Miller, “Savvy Senior” Columnist, Tells a Reader How to Choose a Quality Nursing Home During a Pandemic

We frequently find ourselves checking out a website called the Savvy Senior for news articles and other helpful tidbits aimed at retirees and their families. The creator of that site, Jim Miller, is a senior advocate and also a newspaper columnist who answers readers’ questions.  In this column that appeared last spring in the Daily … Read more

Is Your Loved One’s Nursing Home Safe? Here’s How to Evaluate Its Disaster Plan and Safety Inspection Records

When a loved one moves into a nursing home, his or her family typically has a flood of questions and concerns on their minds. Chances are that the biggest single concern is, “Will my mom or my dad be safe?” There’s more to resident safety than maintaining an adequate number of properly-trained and certified staff: … Read more

Kaiser Health News Report: Medicare Cuts Payments to Nursing Homes Whose Patients Keep Ending Up in the Hospital

Nursing home operators across the U.S. are being put on notice by the federal government: if their residents keep winding up in the hospital for reasons that could have been avoided, Medicare plans to hit the nursing homes right in the wallet. At the same time, the feds have announced financial incentives for nursing homes … Read more

Special Report: Thousands of Nursing Home Residents Die from Preventable Infection Linked to Staffing Shortage

A damning article on the website of Kaiser Health News, just published a few days ago, reports that thousands of senior nursing home residents are dying each year due to a type of infection that is almost always preventable. Analysts suggest that chronic short-staffing in many of the nation’s nursing homes is largely to blame. … Read more

1 in 6 Nursing Home Residents Given Antipsychotic Drugs: CMS Report

There’s good news and bad news in a recently released report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning the use of antipsychotic drugs on long-term residents in America’s nursing homes.  The good news: since late 2011, the percentage of residents being given these powerful medications has dropped from 24 percent to about … Read more

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