Category: senior care

The Future of the Industry

The bloated and expensive nursing home industry is finally becoming more efficient. More than 300 nursing homes have closed during the COVID-19 pandemic and another 400 could go out of business this year. There are 15,600 nursing homes in the United States. 400 is 2.5%. Lack of occupancy, unsafe staffing levels, and CMS fixing the

Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD)

The Guardian reported on the new study showing the dangers of anesthesia during surgery on vulnerable adults. Operations have cognitive side-effects with patients over 65. Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is when cognitive problems caused by surgery continue well after the effects of anaesthetics have worn off. It is a major concern for surgical candidates and

Design Affects Care

The Fast Company had a good article about the design of nursing homes, some have been compared to prisons. Nursing homes are often institutionally designed. Long corridors. Bad lighting. Bland furnishings. Neutral colors. Design choices support the type or model of care.  In the future, comfort and independence must outweigh “cost efficiencies.” “During the pandemic, things

Admission Discrimination

Payor Source McKnight’s had an article showing discrimination in the nursing home industry. The industry uses discriminatory tactics to reject less profitable residents. Ashvin Gandhi is an industry expert. Gandhi is a health economist and assistant professor at UCLA. Gandhi explained that existing law shows that disability discrimination is “clearly illegal” through the Rehabilitation Act,

Consumer Voice’s Staffing Report

Consumer Voice issued another staffing report. Understaffing has plagued nursing homes for years. Residents have suffered due to insufficient and sporadic care.  The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare for the country the result of years of not investing in resident care.  On February 28, 2022, the Biden Administration announced it would be implementing a minimum staffing

Crisis in Carolinas

“Any society that doesn’t take care of its young or its elderly – it’s a poor reflection on the society.” –state Rep. Larry Potts, a Republican who co-chairs the N.C. House health committee. Carolina Crisis Charlotte Observer’s recent “Left Alone” nursing home series revealed how nursing home operators are intentionally providing substandard care to boost

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