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Ombudsmen: Front-Line Advocates for Nursing Home Residents

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jan 05, 2022 | 0 Comments

Disagreements with a nursing home can arise regarding any number of topics, including the quality of food, troublesome roommates, lack of privacy, or services not meeting what was promised. Many disputes can be resolved by speaking with a nursing home staff member, supervisor, or moving up the chain of command. But if you can't resolve things within the nursing home, your next step should be to contact the local ombudsman assigned to the nursing home.

The Risk Seniors Don't Want to Think About

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Nov 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

The greatest risk facing nearly all seniors is the need for long-term care services. If you are an adult reading this blog, you have about a 70% chance of eventually needing some sort of long-term care, ranging from occasional home visits by nurse or other caregiver to residing in an assisted living facility (ALF) and possibly residing in a skilled nursing facility (SNF or nursing home) . Nursing home care is extremely expensive and can wipe out the life savings of most people.

Casey, Toomey Secure CMS Commitmentto Publicly Release Monthly List of Underperforming Nursing Facilities

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jun 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Today, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) applauded the decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to publicly release the monthly list of nursing facilities that are candidates to the Special Focus Facility program. This announcement by CMS comes on the heels of Casey's and Toomey's release of a report on under-performing nursing homes across the U.S. nursing homes.

Care Community Requires Legal Agreement

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

It may not be the best time when the pressure is on. However, read the contract and get some advice. If you are preparing to move to a retirement community or care community yourself, it is best to read that fine print very carefully and better yet, get some legal advice before signing, accordin...

Medicare and Medicare Advantage Compared

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | May 09, 2018 | 0 Comments

The choice of a nursing home is crucial and how is one assured of high quality care? Recently, some researchers looked at the quality of care that traditional Medicare enrollees receive versus Medicare Advantage enrollees, according to Elder Law Answers...

Oversight of Assisted Living Is Questioned

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 07, 2018 | 0 Comments

Assisted living facilities save Medicaid money.  However, it is difficult to know what funds are spent wisely. A group of U.S. Senators asked the Government Accountability Office to look into how the government's Medicaid money was being spent.  However, the results were not good, accord...

The Perception of Nursing Home Life

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jan 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

A new survey reveals that Americans view nursing homes so negatively, that the majority prefer death to living in one. Nursing homes do not have a good reputation in the United States. The common perception of them is as cold, uncaring places where people go to pass away, isolated and alone.

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