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Unionize Nursing Home Workers

Unions = Safety The Skilled Nursing News reported that labor unions improve safety in nursing homes. Labor unions play an important role in improving workplace safety. A new study found that industry-wide unionization would save 8,000 fewer resident deaths. This true for nursing homes especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Affairs published a study showing

Prolonged Grief Disorder

Recognition Grief is a common, normal human emotion, and a natural reaction to loss. The New York Times had an interesting article on grief. How long should it take to overcome grief? Is there a “normal” time? Based on what? Grief typically resolves within 6 to 12 months. Some people continue to experience the symptoms

Bowen Turner Arrested Again

Police arrested accused rapist Bowen Turner for public disorderly conduct. Three teenage girls swore that Turner raped them on separate occasions from 2018 to 2019. In April 2022, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in one case. He got probation causing a national outrage. BuzzFeed News reported on the arrest. BuzzFeed referenced the police

Ownership Maze

The Skilled Nursing News had an article about the difficulty in determining the real owners and operators of a nursing home chain. Identifying the difference between related entities including landlords, lenders and operators is impossible. Dr. Atul Gupta, an associate professor at Wharton, has found that understanding ownership arrangements for nursing homes is like navigating

Cost of Neglect

Costs McKnight’s reported that the average cost of insurance liability claims was lower for skilled nursing settings by more than $20,000 when compared to assisted living in CNA’s annual Aging Services Claim Report. The analysis provides insight into the claims and potential risk factors aging services organizations face. The costs include defense attorney fees, expert

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

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