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 The Grim Post-COVID-19 Future For Nursing Homes

Someday, most of us will return to life before COVID-19. Nursing homes will not. The deaths of more than 16,000 of their residents from COVID-19 has profoundly disrupted senior living facilities--especially nursing homes-- and will drive historic change in the industry. Robert Kramer, president of the consulting firm Nexus Insights and a long-time observer of nursing home finances, told me, [...]

By |2020-05-04T11:22:15-04:00May 4th, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments

Sorry President Trump, But A Few Masks and A Commission Won’t Help Senior Living Facilities And Their Residents

With great fanfare, President Trump announced yesterday that his administration would deliver about two weeks’ worth of masks to nursing homes by the Fourth of July . And he’d stand up a commission to study quality and safety in nursing homes. All just in time to celebrate May as “Older Americans Month.” The masks apparently are going only to nursing [...]

By |2020-05-01T15:34:17-04:00May 1st, 2020|long-term care|0 Comments

Why Are We So Shocked By COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths? We Have Been Failing Our Frail Older Adults For Decades

The headlines are eye-opening: On Friday, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported that, as of as of April 23, there were more than 10,000 reported deaths from COVID-19 in long-term care facilities—in just the 23 states that publicly report this information. That may be shocking. But it should not be surprising. COVID-19 has exposed and amplified our profoundly flawed system of [...]

By |2020-04-27T13:58:33-04:00April 27th, 2020|Aging|3 Comments

The Trump Administration Finally Is Requiring Nursing Homes To Report COVID-19 Cases. It Is Not Nearly Enough.

The Trump Administration has finally said it would require nursing homes to report cases of COVID-19 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and, eventually, to families of residents. The move is welcome, but it is far too little and, for many families, far too late. On Friday, The New York Times reported that more than 36,500 residents [...]

By |2020-04-20T11:13:10-04:00April 20th, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments

Home Care Agencies And Workers Are The Next Ground Zero For COVID-19

Nursing homes and other senior living facilities are not the only places where COVID-19 is creating a health care crisis for frail older adults and their care providers. The other setting at risk: private homes, where the vast majority of older adults get both personal and post-acute care.  And the pandemic is creating enormous challenges for those seniors, their families, [...]

By |2020-04-16T14:04:43-04:00April 16th, 2020|aging in place|4 Comments

The COVID-19 Nursing Home Nightmare

The coronavirus pandemic is a nightmare for nursing homes, their staffs, residents, and their families. While we know much less about them, the situation is likely similar for Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) and other residential care for older adults. As of March 30, more than 400 of 15,000 US nursing facilities had an outbreak of coronavirus—among residents, staff or both-- [...]

By |2020-04-06T10:04:31-04:00April 6th, 2020|nursing homes|4 Comments

States Are Beginning To Move COVID-19 Patients From Hospitals To Nursing Facilities

Last week, I suggested that in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, nursing homes may need to take patients from over-burdened hospitals. At the same time, care settings such as assisted living facilities (ALFs) might have to accept nursing home residents who must be relocated to make room for those post-acute patients. Now, it looks like that is beginning to [...]

By |2020-03-31T11:49:05-04:00March 31st, 2020|nursing homes|1 Comment

Are There Alternatives To Hospital Care For COVID-19 Patients?   

The coronavirus pandemic is stressing hospital capacity to its limits, and one way to reduce this pressure it to move patient care downstream. That means keeping as many patients as possible out of the hospital in the first place, and getting those who have been hospitalized discharged as quickly as possible to make room for other, more critical patients. The [...]

By |2020-03-23T12:03:38-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Health Care|0 Comments

Coronavirus Is Changing The Way We Care For Frail Older Adults

The coronavirus pandemic and the fast-moving federal response to it is upending long-standing rules and practices for caring for older adults. Some changes will be incredibly disruptive, while others may   increase support for vulnerable seniors. Here are some of the ways they are affecting how we care for our parents. No more nursing home visits. Just a week ago, the [...]

By |2020-03-16T09:47:45-04:00March 16th, 2020|family caregivers|3 Comments