Renovation

Nursing home agrees to $225,000 settlement over charges of asbestos exposure

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A California nursing home has agreed to a $225,000 settlement over charges that it did not handle asbestos properly during a renovation, according to local news sources.

Putting first things first

Putting first things first

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A recipe for a complicated nursing home renovation: Take one facility that hasn't been updated in 45 years, add a strict budget and keep residents on site throughout the project. Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena, WI, recently completed exactly this type of complex renovation. The 124-bed facility, located about 30 miles north of Madison, had not been significantly renovated since opening in 1966. The facility needed upgrades for compliance and to enhance quality of life elements, such as adding more dining areas and private bathrooms.

Feds change 'onerous' rules

Feds change 'onerous' rules

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Long-term care facilities that are undergoing a major renovation or are in the process of building a new structure may be eligible for a sprinkler system extension.

Big challenges ahead for therapy

Big challenges ahead for therapy

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A few years ago, my consulting company had the opportunity to work with a facility to implement a bariatric unit within a skilled nursing facility. This would seem an easy task, but the facility ended up in major renovations for a variety of reasons.

Sprinkler mandate fails to soak in

Sprinkler mandate fails to soak in

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Ben Franklin warned us that death and taxes are life's only certainties. But if you run a long-term care facility, feel free to add regulations to that list. And it looks like a doozy of a looming requirement may soon have many operators hot under the collar.

Leading by example: promoting culture change in nursing homes

Leading by example: promoting culture change in nursing homes

One of the primary concepts behind the Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas (PEAK) award is promoting culture change in nursing homes.

Culinary, design competitions big hits at nursing home convention

Two new spectacles garnered special attention this week at the annual conference of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging in Philadelphia: The Chef Challenge and the Last Designer Standing competitions.

En route to recovery

En route to recovery

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Rehab Road is the jewel of an Ohio facility's progressive therapy environment that helps prepare residents for their trip back home.

A tasteful first impression

A tasteful first impression

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Facility puts new bistro in lobby, broadening dining options for residents and employees, and improving the overall appeal of the entryway.

Tech toys

The nation's top lawmakers are learning more about new monitoring, personal health record and brain fitness technologies for seniors during a special briefing and demonstration today.Senators from the Special Committee on Aging; the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; and the Medical Technology Caucus are hosting the event to discuss and explore what type of support is needed to promote technological advances that can help our nation's aging population.

This addition's a natural fit

This addition's a natural fit

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An Ohio CCRC uses rooftop gardens and open green spaces both to be environmentally conscious and to bring a sense of nature to residents.

A marriage of convenience

A marriage of convenience

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Florida community combines amenities with functionality, allowing residents to shelter-in-place, if necessary, in a comfortable setting

Nursing Home Design - Samaritan Manor, Detroit

Nursing Home Design - Samaritan Manor, Detroit

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Motown receives its first new nursing home since the 1980s. Private rooms lend a homelike touch to the renovated hospital space

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