Nursing Home Residents Gain More Control over their Care

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Last September I wrote about the Federal Government’s update and reform of its regulation of long-term care facilities. See, “Government Updates Nursing Home Regulations.” In my prior posting I focused on the controversial sections limiting the use of arbitration agreements in nursing facility admission contracts. That aspect of the new rule is currently in limbo […]

Government Updates Rules for Long-Term Care Facilities

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The Federal Government has issued a final rule which updates and reforms its regulation of long-term care facilities. The final rule was issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It was formally published in the Federal Register on October 4, 2016. Federal nursing home regulations have not had a comprehensive update since 1991. […]

How to Avoid Medicaid Estate Recovery

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It is an unfortunate reality of aging. If we live long enough most of us will eventually have a chronic condition or illness that limits our ability to do some basic tasks. We may need help with household chores, shopping, money management, medications or transportation. Or we may need assistance with so-called “activities of daily […]

Oversight of PA Nursing Homes Lacking Says State Auditor

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Pennsylvania has about 80,000 nursing home residents. Their care is provided by approximately 700 long term care facilities. These residents are among our most vulnerable citizens. They are reliant on the protections provided by government regulation and inspections of the facilities. Most nursing homes are regulated by both federal and state agencies. In Pennsylvania, the […]

Finding a Nursing Home

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Millions of older Americans need help meeting their care needs. This may include assistance with fundamental tasks like bathing, dressing, using the toilet, incontinence, transferring to or from a bed or chair, and eating. These tasks are commonly referred to as “activities of daily living.” Many people who need help with activities of daily living […]

Nursing Home Residents Have Rights

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Nursing home residents have rights. While this may seem obvious, it is important to remember. One of the rights nursing home residents have is protection from eviction unless there is good cause. What if a nursing home resident needs to be treated at a hospital? Do they enjoy the same right to come back to […]