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Nursing Home Visitations in New York Resume Friday with New Rules

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a press release the latest guidelines for visiting nursing homes in accordance with CMS and CDC standards that will commence on Friday, February 26. Under the new parameters, nursing homes will resume indoor visitations, ease current COVID-19 testing requirements for visitors, and increase the capacity for each facility. The previous rule, which banned Read More >>

Reflecting on Why Nursing Homes Failed

Across the country, nursing home residents, staff, and their families are breathing a sigh of relief as they begin to receive vaccinations for the coronavirus. Still, even full immunization won’t alleviate the tragedy that has unfolded throughout American nursing homes. The COVID-19 outbreak is a calamity not just because of widespread death among vulnerable residents but also because of the Read More >>

Nursing Home Residents Aren’t Just Suffering from COVID; Neglect and Abuse Case Surge

An AP News article published in mid-November indicates that amid a pandemic that has disproportionately affected vulnerable nursing home residents, neglect and abuse of elderly residents remains a rampant problem. The news publication details the story of a 75-year-old retired Alabama truck driver who became so malnourished and dehydrated that he dropped to 98 pounds and looked to his son like Read More >>

How to Talk to Your Relative about Nursing Home Abuse

When you place your elderly family member in a nursing home, you’re putting a large amount of trust in the establishment and its staff to care for and respect them. When that trust is broken in the form of elder abuse—which occurs when a resident suffers harm or neglect—it can lead to serious illness, severe injury, psychological damage, and even death. Many residents who are victimized by Read More >>

Choking Death Is a Serious Risk for Nursing Home Residents in New York

For an older nursing home resident, even a seemingly mundane body function can be a challenge. While failing eyesight, poor balance, and loss of hearing are symptoms often associated with aging, an oft-overlooked difficulty for older folks is swallowing. In fact, data from the National Safety Council suggests that choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury or death and that 2,848 Read More >>

How to Prevent Stress When Relocating Your Parents to a Nursing Home

The experience of moving a parent, even a willing one, into a nursing home can be highly emotional. Your parents may mourn the loss of their younger years, their independence, and the home they built. They could be scared about aging, making new friends, or finding their way in a new place. You may also be having mixed emotions. It’s not uncommon to feel guilty and second-guess your Read More >>

How to Make Your Nursing Home Visits Meaningful

Isolation and loneliness can have significant negative health impacts for older, more vulnerable nursing home residents, especially during the coronavirus pandemic as social distancing and infection control protocols are continuing to require lengthy periods of separation to limit the spread of COVID-19. As such, nursing homes are encouraging social interactions among residents and emboldening Read More >>

How Often Should You Visit a Parent in the Nursing Home?

Having a parent who’s unable to live safely and independently is challenging. Whether due to an underlying illness or aging, many families look to move their parents or loved ones into a long-term care nursing home facility. While choosing to send a loved one to a nursing home facility is difficult, worrying about how they’re being cared for and what lays ahead may be even more so.With so many Read More >>

Can I Put a Camera in a Nursing Home Room?

The creation of video cameras for recording and surveilling has changed the world. They allow us to capture life’s most precious moments and enable intelligent security measures in homes, schools, airports, and businesses. Technology like cell phones and webcams have helped nursing home residents keep in touch with family members. Unfortunately, these measures often aren’t enough and have led to Read More >>

How Common Is Poor Dental Hygiene in Nursing Homes?

Regular dental care in nursing homes is often neglected. Dental needs change with age in several ways: people have a harder time completing daily tasks, their gums and teeth generally begin to decay, and their bodies become more susceptible to infection. Often, nursing home facilities think of general care as separate from oral care, but that’s not the case. Oral care directly impacts whole-body Read More >>