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Nursing Home Liability for Failure to Follow Care Plans After a Fall

Falling is a leading concern for residents in long-term care. Many residents are frail for age-related reasons, making them more prone to having a fall. For others, however, the risk is greater because of an underlying medical condition that may make the consequences after a fall more dangerous. PKSD explains…

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Why COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Were Significantly Underreported

Early in the pandemic, it was clear that the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths occurred in long-term care facilities around the country. The statistics, as shared by the federal National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), are grim enough, however, they are also significantly underreported. Nursing homes and other long-term…

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How Will Nursing Homes Handle Resident Care as the Delta Variant Spreads?

The Delta Variant has seen a rapidly growing rate of new COVID-19 cases in nursing homes – the most since February 2020. After 16 months of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, what have long-term care facilities and caregivers learned? How will they deal with the highly infectious Delta variant? Are…

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Nursing Home Facility Red Flags You Do Not Want to Ignore

Selecting a nursing home or other long-term care facility for your family member is not easy. How can you be sure a facility is safe and will provide the level of care your loved one needs? There are no guarantees, but there are warning signs facilities often reveal that indicate…

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The Devastating Impact of COVID-19 on Medicare Beneficiaries

It is no secret that COVID-19 took a devastating toll on nursing homes across the country. That said, until now, there has not been enough data to tell the bigger story of its impact on those most affected – the residents – especially during the earlier months of the pandemic….

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How Wisconsin Nursing Homes Violated COVID-19 Safety Rules

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the deaths of more than 131,000 nursing home residents nationwide – approximately one-fourth of all U.S. deaths due to COVID-19. Many resident watchdog groups across the country are firmly in agreement that there is insufficient oversight and enforcement of U.S. nursing homes. To learn…

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Wisconsin DHS Reclassifies 1,000 COVID-19 deaths

During the last two weeks, Wisconsin health officials have reclassified almost 1,000 COVID-19 deaths. These fatalities, previously recorded as occurring in an unknown housing setting, have now been correctly adjusted as deaths that occurred in long-term care facilities. What this reclassification of data means is that the state now reports…

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PKSD Newsletter: Systemic Failure Leads to Record COVID-19 Deaths in Nursing Homes

When the pandemic hit last year, many were concerned about the welfare of frail and elderly residents being cared for in U.S. nursing homes. However, few had any idea just how quickly and deadly the virus would devastate the already crumbling long-term care system. This month’s PKSD Newsletter discusses the…

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Is Your Loved One’s Nursing Home Providing Acceptable Care?

Nursing homes have historically struggled to meet or maintain acceptable standards for residents under their care. Understaffing, abusive caregivers, financial fraud, medication errors and more are all too common problems at many long-term care facilities. Does this mean you should not place your loved one in long-term care? If your…

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Two-Week COVID-19 Vaccine Delay for Most Wisconsin Nursing Homes

Wisconsin state officials are hoping that the majority of nursing home residents will be vaccinated for COVID-19 by the end of January 2021. However, while many of the state’s hospitals will begin receiving these vaccinations on Monday, there could be at least a two-week delay for most Wisconsin nursing homes….

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