Kaiser Family Foundation

How To Get Long-Term Care Workers To Take The Covid-19 Vaccine

As of Monday, only about 22 percent of the covid-19 vaccine doses that have been distributed for use in long-term care facilities have made their way into the arms of residents and staff.  As has been well documented, these residents—nearly all with pre-existing medical conditions and functional and cognitive impairment-- are the most vulnerable to serious illness and death from [...]

By |2021-01-13T14:57:02-05:00January 13th, 2021|nursing homes|8 Comments

Covid-19 Has Killed 100,000 Long-term Care Residents, And Thousands More Will Die By Year-End

The statistics simply are staggering. More than 728,000 residents and staff of long-term care facilities have contracted covid-19 over the past nine months.  More than 100,000 have died—a number that has doubled since June. That is equal to roughly the entire population of San Mateo CA, or Green Bay WI. Four of every 10 covid-19 deaths in the US have [...]

By |2020-12-01T13:40:07-05:00December 1st, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments

Five Ways To Reduce COVID-19 Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities

Could all those COVID-19 nursing home deaths have been prevented?  No. Could some of them have been prevented? Certainly.  And many more can be prevented in the future. How? With more testing, with better testing that produces rapid results, with more personal protective equipment (PPE) and better staff training in how to use it, with far better management of staff [...]

By |2020-05-08T13:59:37-04:00May 8th, 2020|nursing homes|1 Comment

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

Even If You Have Medicare, You’ll Still Pay Thousands Out-Of-Pocket For Health Care

One of the biggest misconceptions seniors have about health care is this: I have Medicare so don’t need to worry about medical costs in old age.  It is a dangerous mistake. Not only does traditional Medicare generally not pay for long-term supports and services (either at home or in a nursing home), but it doesn’t pay for a significant chunk [...]

By |2019-11-08T09:36:33-05:00November 8th, 2019|Medicare|1 Comment

The Staggering Cost of Long-Term Care and Medical Care in Old Age

A typical 65-year-old couple will need to save nearly $400,000 to pay for out-of-pocket medical care and long-term care in old age, according to new estimates by the Fidelity Benefits Consulting. That is $60,000 more than a typical couple’s entire savings at retirement, including equity in their home. Fidelity estimated an older couple will need to put away an average [...]

By |2016-08-31T15:18:24-04:00August 31st, 2016|Health Care, long-term care financing|0 Comments

Americans Want Docs to Talk About End-of-Life.

The public overwhelmingly thinks doctors should have end-of-life conversations with older patients. It even thinks Medicare ought to pay for those talks. It just doesn’t want to have them, at least not yet. Those are results of a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll, which found that 89 percent of respondents felt physicians should discuss end-of-life choices with them. But only [...]

By |2015-09-30T15:50:43-04:00September 30th, 2015|End of life|0 Comments

When $500,000 in Social Security and Medicare Benefits Isn’t Enough

A typical American turning 65 this year is in line to receive about $500,000 in lifetime Social Security and Medicare benefits. That's more than $1 million for older couples. But many still won’t have enough money to pay for out-of-pocket medical care and long-term supports and services. While the wealthiest seniors will have the resources to pay these hefty out-of-pocket costs, most older adults won’t [...]

By |2015-09-22T10:06:39-04:00September 22nd, 2015|long-term care financing|0 Comments

What Medicare and Medicaid’s Ratings Say About Nursing Homes

For all of its flaws, Medicare and Medicaid’s Nursing Home Compare five-star rating system gives consumers a head-start when searching for a facility. Now, the Kaiser Family Foundation has taken a closer look at the ratings, and reached some interesting conclusions: In a system that rates facilities from 1-5 stars, about one-third have low 1 or 2 star ratings, while [...]

By |2015-05-20T14:20:57-04:00May 20th, 2015|nursing homes|1 Comment