Transportation

Rides for loved ones a reasonable benefit, AHCA claims

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Operators should be able to offer free or discounted rides to the loved ones of residents being transported to skilled care facilities, asserts a letter from the American Health Care Association.

Franken reintroduces bill to facilitate rides from nursing homes to medical appointments

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More Medicaid dollars would flow to volunteers who drive nursing home residents to medical appointments under a bill recently reintroduced by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). Seniors living in rural parts of Minnesota currently are scrambling to find rides, due to a dispute between transportation companies and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

How to do it... Transportation

Whether made out of necessity or desire, decisions to upgrade your facility's vehicles can and should be shaped by a variety of factors. While ensuring the safety of your residents always is paramount, there are other practical issues at play, as industry experts point out.

Flirting with disaster

Flirting with disaster

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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.

Appeals court again sides with healthcare providers over state cuts to Medicaid

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit again has ruled that California's lawmakers cannot cut reimbursements to the state's Medicaid program solely because it needs to reduce expenditures.

OIG: Nonprofits' complimentary transportation for families not a violation

The Office of Inspector General recently determined that a nonprofit skilled nursing facility that provides complimentary local transportation for friends and family of residents would not constitute grounds for the imposition of civil monetary penalties under the Social Security Act.

Researchers show how Florida vision law keeps seniors over 80 safe on the roads

A Florida law requiring all seniors over 80 to pass a vision test before renewing their driver's license may have lead to a reduction in traffic-related fatalities among that age group. New study results show how.

Hurricane Ike causes nursing home evacuations, power outages in Texas

Hurricane Ike causes nursing home evacuations, power outages in Texas

Evacuated nursing home residents from Galveston, Beaumont and Houston, TX, have been wondering when they will go home after Hurricane Ike caused massive damage in and around the coastal areas of the state.

Hurricane Gustav: Nursing home evacuations run smoothly this time

Hurricane Gustav: Nursing home evacuations run smoothly this time

In stark contrast to three years ago, when the elderly, and nursing home residents in particular, were especially hard hit by Hurricane Katrina, authorities were reporting smooth evacuation processes took thousands of elderly out of harm's way.

Report: Government falls short on nursing home emergency preparedness

Report: Government falls short on nursing home emergency preparedness

Federal officials have done too little to prepare state and local governments for the evacuation of nursing home residents in the event of another major natural disaster, a pair of high-ranking lawmakers claimed Monday.

The right move

The right move

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Hurricane Katrina forced nursing homes to rethink emergency transportation - and make the federal government take notice.

Mobile polling would benefit residents, expert says

Mobile polling would provide improved access to voting for seniors who live in long-term care facilities, according to a university expert testifying before Congress recently.

Transportation options for long-term care residents are plentiful

Transportation options for long-term care residents are plentiful

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When it comes to getting around, the choices for long-term care residents and caregivers have never been better.