Tagged with Nursing home

Why Medicaid Funding Will Always Encourage Musical Chairs

Why Medicaid Funding Will Always Encourage Musical Chairs

Companies and cities/states regularly jockey for federal Medicaid money. They will often twist themselves into pretzels to grab as much “free” money as possible. The Medicaid formula, where the federal government matches or exceeds the monetary amount allocated by the state, encourages musical chairs. That is, state and city governments work hard to acquire Medicaid … Continue reading

Are 60% of Seniors Really Playing Video Games?

Are 60% of Seniors Really Playing Video Games?

A psychology professor’s research reports that 60% of seniors play video games at least occasionally. The N.C. State University teacher’s findings about the wide use of video games among seniors will likely lead more assisted living communities to include them in their offerings. The seniors recruited for the study came from senior centers, senior living centers and religious centers. … Continue reading

Why the County Nursing Home Model is Broken

Why the County Nursing Home Model is Broken

Publicly owned nursing have a big problem. But first the good news…they do better on average than their privately owned counterparts. A recent study showed that publicly owned and non-profit nursing homes had less citations and serious deficiencies than the ten largest for-profit nursing home companies. However, at what cost? Literally? This story from the … Continue reading

Is Exercise Always Good for Battling Depression?

Is Exercise Always Good for Battling Depression?

Contradicting conventional wisdom, a British study of elderly nursing home residents showed that moderate exercise does NOT lessen depressive symptoms. The study published in The Lancet by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment tracked nearly 1,000 patients in two nursing homes. Nearly half of the residents battled depression and were willing to be … Continue reading

Where are Nursing Homes Most Likely to Close?

Where are Nursing Homes Most Likely to Close?

Managing a nursing home is tough. Managing a nursing home while turning a profit is even tougher. So, when a nursing home does close, it’s hardly a surprise. Nursing homes must adhere to strict state laws that dictate staffing levels. Most nursing homes accept Medicaid which has been reducing payments to nursing homes since 2011. … Continue reading