Well you just knew things were about to start getting nasty for Florida nursing homes. That's what generally happens when more than a dozen residents die for reasons that are hard to believe.
The Senate Finance Committee will be scrutinizing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' upcoming emergency preparedness rules for nursing homes in light of recent hurricanes, committee leaders announced Wednesday.
There is no way to sugarcoat what happened last week in Hollywood Hills, FL. Eight skilled care residents died in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Our condolences go out to the victims and their families. But there is another troubling aspect to this that deserves attention. Namely, it's becoming clear that nursing home bashing is in vogue again.
Hurricane Harvey's impact on Texas may spur the state to pursue Medicaid expansion as a way to receive public funding in the storm's aftermath, some observers say.
Hurricane season began in June but, historically, the biggest hurricane threat in the United States is from August through September.
Right now there are more than 101 inches of snow in Boston. Whether it's a snow storm in New England or Minnesota, a tornado in Nebraska or a hurricane in the South, long-term care providers have experienced inclement weather.
For providers, Hurricane Arthur was a reminder to take another look at your emergency preparedness to ensure your plan is up-to-date and effective.
For all of our discussions about emergency preparedness, there's a crucial component missing: how long-term care staff should talk to residents after a traumatic event. A session at the LeadingAge annual meeting Wednesday explained both how issues of traumatic stress should be handled, and how long-term care residents have unusual challenges.
LuMarie Polivka-West's voice sounds like it was run over by a lawn mower.
Having once slept through a 6.7-magnitude earthquake, driven blithely through snowstorms and regularly horrified my Kansas-born husband with my lack of knowledge about tornadoes, I am far from an expert on natural disaster planning.
The Northeast just experienced an earthquake and a hurricane all in one week. The storm may have subsided, but it's likely residents and staff will still be facing a whirlwind of emotions. And it's likely that, sooner or later, you will have to deal with a natural disaster or other calamity. Here are some tips on how to handle such situations.
The Senate Special Committee on Aging met Wednesday to address the importance of emergency and disaster planning and the need for improved coordination between policy makers and long-term care providers.