Archive for 2017

Why Don’t Nursing Homes Have Generators?

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Eight residents died in one Florida nursing home following Hurricane Irma. The cause of the deaths was excessive heat in the nursing home, that did not have a working generator to provide air conditioning. This tragedy has shone a light on nursing home emergency preparedness requirements. Many were astonished to Read More…

An About-Face for Nursing Home Protections

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Last year’s victory for the rights of nursing home patients to avoid arbitration was short lived. Last November, CMS changed its regulations to prohibit nursing homes from using “pre-dispute arbitration clauses” – contracts requiring a patient to submit to arbitration to resolve complaints as a condition for admission to the Read More…

No News Is Bad News

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It appears that that the search for a cure for Alzheimer’s has stalled. Each summer the Alzheimer’s Association holds an international summit where researchers report on advances in the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. This year, the gathering was notable for its lack of new information.

The paper that received the Read More…

Getting Your Affairs in Order, Even with Dementia

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Families often ask what they need to do to get their affairs in order, especially after receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other form of cognitive impairment.  The key documents authorize specific people or institutions to take care of your finances or make medical decisions when you are unable Read More…

Can you hear me now?

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Over 50% of people over the age of 70 have a hearing impairment. Left untreated, the loss results in social isolation, lack of intellectual stimulation, Read More…

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