GRAND Magazine - July/August 2012 - (Page 36)

Nursing homes in trouble What you need to know to protect elderly ones — and yourself B By Rachael Kennedy aby boomers today are at a strange age—nearing retirement, most are experiencing the happiness of becoming a grandparent as well as the often painful challenges associated with aging parents. Everyone in this age group needs to know about the nursing home industry to protect their loved ones and also themselves in the future. An industry in trouble In 2005-2007 the U.S. Department of Health and Human services (HHS) ran a study based on data from surveys used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to monitor the nursing home industry. An alarming 91 percent of nursing homes surveyed were reported Share this article with your friends. 36 for “deficiencies,” i.e., when a nursing home fails to meet more than one Federal standard for care; 17 percent were reported for deficiencies that harmed or endangered nursing home residents. These deficiencies have one root cause: The nursing home industry needs more staff than is available. According to HHS, 90 percent of U.S. nursing homes are gravely understaffed; 53 percent of nursing homes surveyed by HHS conveyed that their lack of an adequate staff was a barrier to providing care. photo: © GRAND JULY AUGUST 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - July/August 2012

GRAND Magazine - July/August 2012
Grand View
Safety Buzz for Grandkids
Memories of My Grandparents
Grand Central
From Barbie to Bratz and Beyond: Sex Sells
Easier is Better
Lost & Found
Michael Feuer is at it Again
Elvis Through Lisa Marie's Eyes
Arthur & Carol Kornhaber
Sensational Summer Adventures
Toys 'N Tech
A Whole Lot of Juicy Goodness
Money for Visits
Nursing Homes in Trouble
50 Shades of Grand

GRAND Magazine - July/August 2012