Category Archives: Nursing Homes & ALFs

Featured Link — Life and Death in Assisted Living

If you have a relative or friend in assisted living you should read the lengthy but excellent article at ProPublica, titled Life and Death in Assisted Living. Here are the opening paragraphs: Joan Boice needed help. Lots of it. Her … Continue reading

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Nursing Home’s Calendar Puts Residents in Classic Film Roles

This was a really cute idea. A nursing home made a calendar with photos of its residents posed as if they were in classic movie scenes. You can see all the photos at Gawker.com. Here’s one from Breakfast at Tiffany’s:

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Texas Lawmakers Consider Closing Institutions for Disabled

Here is exactly the type of short-sighted thinking we have come to expect from the Texas Legislature — anything to save a dollar today, no matter how much additional future costs might be loaded onto taxpayers. Excerpts from an article in … Continue reading

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Want to Keep Your Parents in Their Home? Five Improvements to Make Their House Safe for Retirement

One of the most difficult parts of the aging process (both for aging parents and their children) is that elderly parents become less safe in their own home as time goes on. Your parents don’t want to move just because … Continue reading

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Important New Definition of Medicare Coverage of Long-Term Care

Beginning this year there was an important change in the way Medicare covers the costs of nursing home care. This was a result of a class action suit against the government. Details were reported in a Reuters article. Here are … Continue reading

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Featured Link — Seven Questions To Ask When Searching for Assisted Living

I have mentioned ProPublica before, but here is another great, and short, article from the people there. Seven questions to ask before choosing an assisted living facility. Check it out. Here is the introduction: Finding reliable data on assisted living … Continue reading

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The Dreaded Decision: How to Know If It’s Time to Get Your Elderly Parents Extra Help

No one wants to think that their parents have reached a stage in life that they are unable to take care of themselves. Unfortunately, most of us will one day face this dreaded reality. You may wonder how to know … Continue reading

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Nursing Care Standards: Call Light Waiting Time

The call light has become the universal icon symbolizing  the quality of care in hospitals and nursing facilities. All care plans regarding patient safety must have as part of the essential protocol “call bell within reach at all times.” Every … Continue reading

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Senior Care: Ways to Talk to Elderly Parents About At-Home Care

This article is courtesy of Anita Ginsburg, a freelance writer from Denver who often writes about home, family, law and business. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing. If you have an elderly … Continue reading

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Custodial Care Fraud Against Medicare Persists in Dallas Area

The problem of Medicare fraud by home health care companies is an ongoing problem in North Texas, but Washington keeps cutting the budget allowance to find and prove this fraud. The details of the situation were mentioned in a recent … Continue reading

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