Posted in February 2013

Interdependent Housing in Oklahoma

Is true interdependence possible for a group of people all over 50? Is asking similarly aged people to monitor each other realistic? What happens when the honeymoon wears off; what is binding this group together? The report doesn’t say but a strong commitment is necessary for this vision to work. One woman mentions knowing her neighbor’s medical … Continue reading

The Ten Most Common Citations in SNF

The Ten Most Common Citations in SNF

All skilled nursing homes are subject to state and federal inspections. State licensing requires inspections (every nine to fifteen months on average) while participation in the  federal Medicare/Medicaid program requires a home be made available for surveys.  State licensing standards generally follow Federal certification standards making the regulation of skilled nursing homes largely uniform between states. … Continue reading

Steps for Passing a SNF Inspection

Steps for Passing a SNF Inspection

Managing a skilled nursing home requires a continued, concentrated focus on practice, procedure and administration. State inspectors will, on average,  inspect a facility every nine to fifteen months and their presence often causes panic in the staff. Advance notice of a survey will make preparing for one easier. The best way to handle a surprise … Continue reading

Dental Implants for the Elderly

Dental Implants for the Elderly

One of the more dreaded signs of growing older for most people is the loss of teeth. Bone loss and gum recession usually cause teeth to loosen and then eventually to fall out. The process starts in mid-life and by 65, 25% of all Americans are completely toothless.  Dental work done decades ago (caps and … Continue reading

2012 MetLife Market Survey Results

2012 MetLife Market Survey Results

MetLife published its annual Market Survey of Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult Day Services, and Home Care Costs recently. The company stopped selling LTC insurance two years ago but are still very active in retirement planning and marketplace trends which anticipate a growing need for senior care. The 2012 Survey showed: nationally, monthly nursing home … Continue reading