Washington State’s I-1163: Stricter Standards for Senior Care

As November 8 elections approach, Washington State voters are facing an important question. “In the midst of a state and federal budget crisis, can we afford more rigorous qualifications and testing for our caregivers?” The initiative, I-1163, proposes to spend extra millions to ensure that seniors and others in need of long-term care are receiving […]

Daughter of Dementia Patient Sues Nursing Home Over Abuse

Haverford, Pennsylvania’s Quadrangle Continuing Care Retirement Community is facing a lawsuit over the negligent and abusive care of a dementia patient. The woman complained of mistreatment, but nursing home officials played off the claims as part of her dementia. The woman’s daughter, Mary French, installed a secret video camera in a clock radio in Mary’s […]

Modifications Necessary for Seniors to Stay In “Peter Pan” Homes

Many seniors would greatly prefer to stay in the homes they’ve made their own over the years, rather than relocate to a nursing home. But most of our own homes just aren’t built for senior living. Whether they have poor lighting, steep stairs, cramped bathrooms with no room for assistance modifications, or all of these […]

Twenty Percent of Patients with Advanced Dementia Face Unnecessary Hospitalization

Researchers at Harvard University and Dartmouth Medical School have found that almost 20% of nursing home residents with advanced dementia, like Alzheimer’s, were transferred to other care facilities or hospitals in the months before they died. The treatment resulting from these transfers often included harsh measures that may have extended their suffering. While adequate care […]

Obama’s Spending Cuts and What They Mean to Nursing Homes

President Obama’s plan to reduce spending resulted in a proposal last week of a $320 billion cut to Medicare and Medicaid over about a decade. The cuts affect many areas of senior care, such as nursing homes, pharmaceutical providers, and in-home care. But one specific niche of spending cuts is aimed at nursing homes with […]

California Seniors Attend Medical Cannabis Conference Over Weekend

This past weekend there was a one day Medical Cannabis Conference for Seniors which featured presentations by Dr. William Courtney and Dr. Donald Abrams, who are both well respected in the medical community. California has been on the forefront of the medical marijuana push, as they passed Proposition 215 in 1996. This allowed physicians to […]

New Books Help Seniors With Computers and Social Networking

As technology continues to advance, seniors are slowly increasing their adoption and usage of things like social networking sites, smart phones, the iPad, Amazon Kindle, and computers in general. Over the last few years there have been more books published which are dedicated to helping seniors improve their tech skills, and become savvier users of […]

California Nursing Homes Get Public Ratings in 2011

Nursing homes in California will soon become a bit more transparent, as the state will become the first in the U.S. that will mandate that their ratings become available to the public. Many people in California are aware of restaurants being graded and having to post them in their window, but now nursing homes will […]

Will Senior Citizen Safety Zones Gain Popularity?

In Massachusetts there has been an effort underway which would help make areas of the state safer for seniors, but first the legislation needs to be passed to establish Senior Citizen Safety Zones. This may sound a bit confusing at first, but think of Senior Citizen Safety Zones like school zones, where drivers need to […]

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