Another reason we need The Boston Globe – nursing home coverage

As The Globe heads for another round of buyouts,  consider one of many reasons we so need a robust news operation in town: your parents. Or maybe your grandparents. Or anyone who lives or works in a nursing home in the state. Kay Lazar has been doing some great reporting on conditions in and regulation … Continue reading Another reason we need The Boston Globe – nursing home coverage

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Nurses and nursing homes: Watchdog health reporting at the Globe

How evil is it to charge people for Alzheimer's care and not deliver it? How dangerous is it for people to go around saying they're licensed nurses when they are not? Stuff like this is hard to track because, last we checked, the people in charge of records like these were not real helpful.  Liberal Massachusetts is known … Continue reading Nurses and nursing homes: Watchdog health reporting at the Globe

Boston Globe on nasty #nursinghomes and #hospital #Medicare savings

Two stories of note in the Globe today, one on nursing homes and the other on Medicare. From Kay Lazar. On front page but need to poke around the webpage to find it: The adult diapers supplied by the new owners at New England Health Center, a nursing home in Sunderland, were so flimsy they … Continue reading Boston Globe on nasty #nursinghomes and #hospital #Medicare savings

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