Nursing Home Ratings and More: Selecting the Right Facility

While many older adults prefer to stay in personal or family homes as they age, it may not be feasible. Long-term care in a nursing home may be the best option for those who require continuous assistance with persistent conditions such as dementia. As the quality and offerings of nursing homes vary, choosing the most […]

New Bill Targets Growing the Long-Term Caregiving Workforce

         For older adults seeking long-term care services, finding the help they need can pose significant challenges. One major reason is the lack of available labor in this field. New bipartisan legislation may have an answer. Nationwide Staffing Shortage An ongoing, critical shortage of nursing home and assisted living workers – partly made worse by […]

Supreme Court Preserves Right to Sue Public Nursing Homes

        In a major win for nursing home residents and their families, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the right to sue government-run nursing homes under the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act (FNHRA). In a 7-2 decision, the court decided these plaintiffs could seek relief in federal court. Background of the Case In 2019, the […]

Agencies That Inspect Nursing Homes Face Staffing Crisis

         The Senate Special Committee on Aging has released a report exposing an understaffing problem among the survey agencies across the nation that are responsible for overseeing nursing home inspections. The staffing crises at these agencies, according to the report, have led to an increase in the number of regulatory violations and ultimately are making long-term care facilities unreasonably […]

Medicare Beneficiaries May Be Eligible for an Extra 100 days of Skilled Nursing Coverage Due to Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly devastating for nursing homes and their residents.  Aside from the tragically disproportionate loss of life, care for surviving residents has been delayed or interrupted due to infection, facility lockdowns, or other health system disruptions.  In such cases, Medicare beneficiaries who qualify for skilled nursing facility (SNF) coverage may be eligible […]

Should You Bring Your Parent Home from the Nursing Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

With the coronavirus pandemic hitting nursing homes and assisted living facilities especially hard, families are wondering whether they should bring their parents or other loved ones home. It is a tough decision with no easy answers.  Growing Cases The number of coronavirus cases in nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the country continues to grow. […]