Click here to review action at individual homes. From Kaiser Health News Medicare Cuts Payments To Nursing Homes Whose Patients Keep Ending Up In Hospital Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News The federal government has taken a new step to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions of nursing home patients by lowering a year’s worth of payments to … Continue reading KHN: 80 percent of #Massachusetts #nursinghomes penalized for avoidable hospitalizations
The Cambridge Chronicle has a nice story on the hospital's history, along with some photos of the nuns who worked there. Shortly after its founding in 1948, Sancta Maria Hospital earned the nickname “the Red Sox hospital” because of the number of players who received care there. Initially located on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, a … Continue reading Once the “Red Sox hospital,” now a nursing home, Sancta Maria in Cambridge to close.
It links to a Harvard study that make the same connection. This story also ran below the fold in the Sunday NYTimes business section. Care Suffers As More Nursing Homes Feed Money Into Corporate Webs Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Publish by permission. MEMPHIS, Tenn. — When one of Martha Jane Pierce’s sons peeled back the … Continue reading Is there anything worse than making money off old or disabled people in need of care? KHN reports on the #nursinghome shell game.
Dealing with the housing and care issues that come with aging and disability is, at best, discouraging. When assisted living came along, those who could afford a spot found a comfortable, dignified place to age. These homes look more like hotels than hospitals and offer care for those who need help, but don’t need a … Continue reading “Life and Death in Assisted Living”: A Frontline/ProPublica investigation
Frank W. Porell, Professor of gerontology, at UMass Boston contributed to this study of injuries to nursing home aides. It might be interesting to see what kind of sick time or insurance these employees have. This from Medscape: May 9, 2012 — Nursing home aides who work less mandatory overtime and receive better training were less likely to … Continue reading Mandatory overtime, lack of experience linked to #nursinghome worker injuries #longtermcare
The reform debate has shrouded the other healthcare crisis – How to pay for and deliver long- term care. In the meantime, buyer beware. Here's some help. Medicare has a new searchable database on Nursing Home Quality. USA Today has a story on it and their own version of the database. One in five of … Continue reading How to check out a nursing home
Most of the workers I met when my father was shuffled around the nursing homes of Boston were hard working, underpaid and often very caring. Some of the residents were very difficult to deal with, at times abusive and racist. Still, the aides who take those jobs need to be trained to deal with abuse. … Continue reading Elder abuse: Over her not-quite-dead body