“Life and Death in Assisted Living”: A Frontline/ProPublica investigation

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

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Mandatory overtime, lack of experience linked to #nursinghome worker injuries #longtermcare

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

How to check out a nursing home

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

Elder abuse: Over her not-quite-dead body

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