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Elder Justice Newsletter Highlights “No Harm” Deficiencies – LTCCC

Below is a link to our latest Elder Justice Newsletter, published jointly with the Center for Medicare Advocacy. Substandard care and insufficient staffing are widespread and serious problems that have been in the news all too often lately. The nursing home industry has complained for decades that facilities don’t get enough money to hire more staff and that basic safety standards are too Read More >>

LET OUR PEOPLE IN: A Blueprint for Restoring Residents’ Rights to Visitation and Care – LTCCC

Background. Visits from family and friends are vital to the health and well-being of residents in long term care facilities. In addition to providing the social connection and emotional support that all humans need to thrive, visitors provide essential monitoring and care. Too many residents have been robbed of this essential right at a time when they have needed it most. In March, the Centers Read More >>

Elder Justice Newsletter Highlighting “No Harm” Deficiencies – LTCCC

Below is a link to the latest Elder Justice Newsletter, published jointly by the Long Term Care Community Coalition and the Center for Medicare Advocacy. Substandard care and insufficient staffing are widespread and serious problems that have been in the news all too often lately. The nursing home industry has complained for decades that facilities don’t get enough money to hire more staff and Read More >>

CMS Guidance on Coronavirus Raises Concerns About Unmet Care Needs and Poor Oversight – LTCCC

COVID-19 (more commonly known as coronavirus) is a pandemic, which means that the disease has spread worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While the virus may be fatal in all age groups, it poses a significant risk to older adults and those with underlying chronic medical conditions. The Read More >>

CMS Administrator Seema Verma Discusses Measures for Enhancing Enforcement, Sparking Concerns About Upcoming Rollbacks

On February 18, 2020, Seema Verma, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a blog post on CMS’s five part strategy to improve nursing home quality and safety. The focus of this post was on the second pillar of the initiative: enhancing enforcement. As Administrator Verma correctly states, “CMS bears the responsibility to develop and enforce quality and Read More >>

Assisted Living Guides Foster Senior Independence & Choice – LTCCC Media Alert

March 31, 2020—Assisted living can be a promising option for seniors who need or want residential care but wish to avoid the institutional environment that most nursing homes provide. The promise of assisted living is, fundamentally, to provide services, safety, and monitoring in an environment that enables residents to maintain independence and choice in their lives. Unfortunately, those promises Read More >>

New Report on Nursing Home Ownership – LTCCC Media Alert

March 9, 2020 – Over the last several years, it has become increasingly evident that too many nursing home residents are at risk of experiencing poor care because of fundamental problems with a facility’s ownership, management, and finances. This trend is supported most recently by the dramatic collapse of Skyline Healthcare and the shocking bankruptcy of HCR ManorCare. Such high-profile cases of Read More >>

Protecting Vulnerable Residents From Coronavirus – LTCCC News Alert

March 3, 2020 — Concern over coronavirus is growing as a significant outbreak in the United States becomes increasingly likely. According to researchers, residents in nursing homes and other adult care facilities are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus due to their age, pre-existing medical conditions, and frequent exposure to facility staff, other residents, and visitors to their facility. In Read More >>

Nursing Home Update: Latest Data Indicate Severe Nurse Understaffing – LTCCC

February 26, 2020 – Sufficient staffing is vital to a nursing home resident’s quality of care and ability to live with dignity. Unfortunately, many nursing homes fail to comply with federal law requiring facilities to provide sufficient care staff and to have a registered nurse on duty eight hours a day, seven days a week. As demonstrated by the newest federal nursing home data (third quarter of Read More >>

LTCCC Action Alert: Please speak out to increase funding of the NYS Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) offers a valuable, cost-effective service to seniors and their families in nursing homes, adult care facilities, and family type homes, by helping address their complaints and quality of life concerns.  LTCOP has long been significantly underfunded, receiving only $1.19M for the entire program statewide. This lack of resources has resulted in the Read More >>