An Ongoing Scandal: In Spite of Laws on the Books, Many Cases of Elder Abuse are Never Reported to Authorities

Vulnerable seniors living in nursing homes are entitled to the best of care. They should be able to live out their lives in a safe and secure environment. But tragically that is often not the case, and all too often those in charge are never reporting cases of suspected abuse to regulatory authorities – in…

AgingOptions Follow-Up: Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare Web Tool Now Includes Short-Stay Rehab Facilities

For several years families looking for nursing home care for a loved one have relied on Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website. This site provides quality ratings for more than 15,000 facilities nationwide, awarding grades of one to five stars in three evaluation categories – health inspections, staffing levels, and clinical data – plus an “Overall”…

Chronic Shortfall in Nursing Staff Triggers Widespread Downgrade of Nursing Homes by CMS

In what Kaiser Health News calls “a crackdown” on short-staffed nursing homes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just downgraded the ratings of one-tenth of the nation’s nursing homes. That’s according to this article recently published on the Kaiser Health News website.  The biggest problem area: a chronic lack of nursing staff.…

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No Time, No Information: New Research Reveals That Seniors and Families are “Poorly Served” When Choosing a Rehab Facility

Just last week here on the AgingOptions blog, we shared an article from Kaiser Health News showing that many seniors recovering from knee or hip surgery enjoy a better outcome and fewer complications recuperating at home instead of in a rehab facility. (You’ll find that article here.) But what about those who for various reasons…

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…

Kaiser Health News: Feds Order More Weekend Nursing Home Inspections to Uncover Chronic Staffing Shortages

Nursing homes that are operating with unacceptably low weekend staffing are about to get a surprise. An article we just read on the Kaiser Health News website reports that CMS – the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – has ordered state inspectors to begin conducting more unannounced inspections on weekends, when staffing shortages are…

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.…