Posted in January 2013

Punishing toll of surgery on residents of SNC Homes

Punishing toll of surgery on residents of SNC Homes

The NY Times featured this piece last year on the long-term effect even routine surgeries have on elderly nursing home residents. The Annals of Surgery published the study, conducted by a practicing surgeon. The author says surgeons focus too much on the  30- day mortality rate and not enough on how the patient is faring three months after the operation. … Continue reading

Elderly Diet Advice from an Indian Newspaper

Elderly Diet Advice from an Indian Newspaper

Kind of funny seeing the dietary recommendations the Times of India makes for senior citizens. The suggestions are sounder, I’m sure, than what you’d see in a mainstream tabloid here but stand out simply because of the vastly different Indian climate and culture. The article recommends seniors drink 15 (!) glasses of water a day, eat cumin … Continue reading

Wait list for Home Attendant Service in MA

Wait list for Home Attendant Service in MA

Unsurprising story from Massachusetts about fiscal realities today; a growing elderly population and the inability of state social services to provide for all of them. The secretary of elder affairs said ” a lot of what we do is try and keep people from entering nursing homes.”

Profits in Hospice Care under Scrutiny

Profits in Hospice Care under Scrutiny

Hospice homes are designed as the last stop for terminally ill patients, those with six months or less to live. This story from Bloomberg.com looks at the growth in private hospice care,  private equity firms in the industry, the incentives some companies used to keep hospice beds full, Medicare reimbursement rates and the increase in lengthy stays … Continue reading

Skilled Nursing Facilites – not as bad as they seem??

National Research Corporation 2011-2012 Survey of Customer and Employee Satisfaction Rate. Residents and their families ranked current nursing home as “good” or “excellent” 89% and 87% respectively. Residents rated safety of facility highest (93%) while families rated the respect of staff (92%) highest. Employees (of which 60% are nurses or nurse aides) of skilled nursing homes … Continue reading