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CMS imposes fines of more than $278k for Woodbriar Health Center

April 8, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
news

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has imposed steep fines and threatened to terminate Woodbriar Health Center from its programs if serious problems are not resolved by next week.

Training went unheeded at Woodbriar Health Center, say Mass. regulators

April 5, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
news

Employees at Woodbriar Health Center were retrained on falls-related injuries following the death of a resident, according to a revised plan submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Public Helath. The department says the second fall-related resident death...

Healthcare workers impaired on the job

March 28, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears
blog

Workers who drink or use drugs may be able to hide their impairment from the boss, but sometimes the residents can tell right away, explains SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears.

Dealing with disruptive visitors

March 25, 2016  |  Alan C. Horowitz, RN, Esq
blog

Residents have a right to visitors, but SNFs must maintain safety and the rights of others. Long-Term Living's Legal expert Alan C. Horowitz shares some complicated cases and offers intervention strategies from chief medical directors.

Woodbriar residents in 'immediate jeopardy,' say Mass. regulators

March 25, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
news

In the course of an investigation of a resident's death, state regulators determined substandard care resulted in a second resident death and resident fall at Woodbriar Health Center, the latest in a mounting citation list for owner Synergy Health Centers.

Shooting at Ohio retirement community kills 2, wounds 1

March 24, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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UPDATED: Police are investigating the incident, which appears to have involved three staff members from the community and no residents.

Watch your back

March 24, 2016  |  Judah Gutwein, LNHA
article

As OSHA rules become more stringent, senior living organizations are giving more attention to healthy habits to avoid staff back injuries—and not just when lifting a resident.

Preparing residents for emergencies

March 23, 2016  |  Stan Szpytek
blog

All long-term living communities need protocols for managing a wide range of incidents whether the law requires it or not, and residents need to be part of the annual practice drills, says safety expert Stan Szpytek.

Theft and loss: Addressing security in LTC

March 22, 2016  |  Kylen Cieslak, Carstens, Inc.
article

By Kylen Cieslak, Associate Director of Marketing and Customer Service, Carstens, Inc.

Theft, loss and misappropriation all have administrative and legal consequences, especially if medications or valuable property are...

Harness the MDS for dementia care

March 7, 2016  |  Judi Kulus, MSN, RN, NHA, RAC-MT
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The federally mandated minimum data set (MDS) is a documentation tool caregivers use every day that can help ensure quality dementia care.

Predatory legal advertising: How nursing homes can respond

February 17, 2016  |  By Alan C. Horowitz, JD, RN
blog

Legal advertisements that aim to exploit nursing homes often hit way below the belt, and nursing homes have the right to challenge them. Legal expert Alan C. Horowitz, JD, RN, explains what nursing homes can do to fight back against misleading and deceptive...

CA judge halts end-of-life decision making for incompetent nursing home residents

February 12, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor
news

A judge rules physicians are no longer able to make end-of-life decisions for nursing home residents, citing the 1992 state law violates residents' constitutional rights. 

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