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Md. retirement community made the most of Jonas

January 28, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

We’ve seen the images and, in some cases, experienced Winter Storm Jonas firsthand. But here’s one snow story you haven’t seen.

Tornado damage causes whirlwind for LTC residents

January 15, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

Nursing home and memory care residents were moved to another facility until repairs can be made. Both facilities are owned by the same company but operate under different state regulations. The facility accepting evacuees doesn’t accept Medicaid, causing a...

How prepared is your SNF for emergencies?

January 13, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

A state survey of Ohio's nursing homes holds lessons for others on disaster preparedness—including practicing what's on paper.

Staff training on fire safety

December 22, 2015  |  Stan Szpytek

There's more to fires than just putting them out. Fire protection systems need to be properly installed and maintained, and staff needs to be properly trained in emergency procedures.

$5M lawsuit filed in Ga. retirement community fire

December 10, 2015  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The legal troubles continue over the June fire at Marshall Square Retirement Community, Evans, Ga., which killed one resident and displaced more than 80, as a new lawsuit alleges flawed management and a dangerous "shelter in place" policy.

Powering up for power outages

October 29, 2015  |  Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

Short power outages can wreak havoc on a skilled nursing facility's processes and ability to care for residents. Long outages can be devastating. These tips can help you beef up your preparedness.

150 seniors evacuated from W. Hollywood floods

July 21, 2015  |  Megan Combs, Associate Editor

The 134-unit senior apartment building was flooded by heavy rain on Sunday.

HHS launches online tool for disaster readiness

July 2, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal

The tool helps plan ahead to meet the emergency needs of community residents who rely on electrically powered medical and assistive equipment to live independently at home.

Fire at Mexico nursing home kills 16, injures 5

June 25, 2015  |  Megan Combs, Associate Editor

A fire ripped through a nursing home in Mexicali, Mexico City, this week, killing 16 residents and injuring five others

Ducking disasters

June 15, 2015  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Every facility has a disaster plan. But are you preparing your staffers to keep the "little stuff" from becoming big crises?

Plan for a tornado emergency

June 2, 2015  |  Mark Gray and Ruben Bearer

No strangers to severe storms, two long-term care execs at an Oklahoma CCRC pose four questions about preparing for this natural disaster.

A deadly fire sweeps through nursing home in Central China

May 26, 2015  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

The importance of complying with fire suppression regulations in U.S. nursing home facilities is underscored by a recent report of a Chinese nursing home destroyed by an undetermined blaze.


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