Government boosts nursing home payments as vacancies continue to mount

Community Care

The government has increased weekly payments for care home residents with nursing needs by 11.5% as vacancies for nurses working in social care continue to mount. What is NHS-funded nursing care. Adults Social work leaders nurses in social care nursing homes

Update: Nursing Home Visitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Social Work Blog

Following its November 12 release of guidance for nursing home visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS released three versions of frequently asked questions (FAQs) clarifying the guidance. Nursing home residents have the right to receive visitors, who provide critical LTSS.

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National Report Addresses Nursing Home Quality & Promotes Value of Social Work

Social Work Blog

On April 6, 2022, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released a report entitled The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality: Honoring Our Commitment to Residents , Families, and Staff.

CMS Updates Guidance for Nursing Home Visitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Social Work Blog

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on nursing home residents, families, and staff. Recording of CMS National Nursing Home Stakeholder Call on COVID-19 (November 23, 2021). Posted December 17, 2021. Two adults are interacting with an older person.

Update: CMS Guidance for Nursing Home Visitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Social Work Blog

Following its November 12 release of guidance for nursing home visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS subsequently released two versions of frequently asked questions (FAQs) clarifying the guidance. Access to visitors of their choice is a central right of nursing home residents.

Nursing Home Compliance: Prepare for Focused Inspections

Relias

To align with the latest federal guidance on state nursing home surveys, consider what policies and practices you need to update to better ensure regulatory compliance. Enhanced Nursing Home Oversight. Insufficient staffing or nurse competency levels.

‘Aged care is in crisis’: battling to keep community nursing homes in the bush

The Guardian

Association of Nursing Home Organizational Culture and Staff Perspectives With Variability in Advanced Dementia Care

CAPC

Study in JAMA Internal Medicine discusses how to achieve health equity for nursing home residents with advanced dementia. News Bites

When is the best time for a person with dementia to move to a care home?

The Social Care Elf

There are more than 400,000 older people living in care homes in the United Kingdom (UK) and around 80% of those people are likely to have dementia (SCIE, 2020). The post When is the best time for a person with dementia to move to a care home?

Telling the tale: working in social care during the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020

The Social Care Elf

Jill Manthorpe discusses a qualitative study which examines the experiences of frontline workers in care homes and home care. The post Telling the tale: working in social care during the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 appeared first on National Elf Service.

Third Season Episode 22: A Conversation with Hank Dunn on hard choices at the end of life.

Hospice Chaplaincy

During that time, he has served in a nursing home, hospice programs and a hospital. In Today’s episode, Saul talks to Hank Dunn about his book, “Hard Choices for loving people.” Since 1983, Hank Dunn has been ministering to patients at the end of their lives and their families. He has become an expert on […]. Articles

Prevalence and Predictors of Symptoms in Persons with Advanced Dementia Living in the Community

CAPC

Members of the general population carry similar burden of dementia symptoms as nursing home residents; palliative care can help. News Bites

Staffing agencies triple rates as care homes and NHS fight over nurses

The Guardian

Crisis forces some nursing homes to downgrade to residential care status Nursing shortages are allowing “profiteering” staffing agencies to triple their rates, care leaders have warned, raising the risk of vulnerable patients being forced to move care homes and increasing the burden on the NHS.

Tidal Wave Update.Nursing Homes

Famcare

This week we're taking a closer look at how the nursing home component of long-term care is holding up. Ever since we published The Aging Tidal Wave , this blog has been tracking how the long-term care industry is accommodating the 3 million baby boomers swamping it every year.

This healthcare practice robs many seniors of vitality and life in their twilight years | Ranjana Srivastava

The Guardian

The involved care needed to wean elders like this man off harmful sedatives is simply unavailable in nursing homes “Doctor, what did they do to him? Dad just doesn’t look the same. Please help him!” Of all the overnight admissions to the hospital, he looks the worst and the daughter’s cry pierces our heart. Continue reading. Aged care Health Social care

Hospice Social Workers

Famcare

When people think about hospice care, they usually think of services being delivered in a patient's home or a freestanding hospice facility. The word hospice derives from the Latin, hospitum , meaning hospitality or place of rest and protection for the ill and weary.

3 Ways to Improve Quality of Life for Seniors

Famcare

Because they no longer have family members to care for them, many elderly people in America end up in senior centers and nursing homes. Those who don’t are frequently neglected in their own homes. Senior citizens are easily overlooked members of society.

‘Thrown to the wolves’: Covid care home ruling is bitter victory for relatives

The Guardian

Just over two years on, the high court ruling that the government’s hospital discharge policy that sent thousands of people untested into care homes was not only illegal but “irrational” comes as bitter proof of what they already knew: something went badly wrong.

Understanding Animal Assisted Therapy: How it Conforms to Social Work Practice

University of Connecticut

demonstrate the ability to match differing therapeutic animal roles and interventions to address the different types of human-health and wellness related needs in different settings (schools, nursing homes, hospitals). Lori Ratchelous, LMSW. Saturday, October 23, 2021. 9 am – 11 am. 2 CECs. $40 40 – UConn SSW Alumni and Current Field Instructors. $50 50 – All Others. The webinar link will be emailed when your registration is complete.

Understanding Animal Assisted Therapy: How it Conforms to Social Work Practice

University of Connecticut

demonstrate the ability to match differing therapeutic animal roles and interventions to address different types of human-health and wellness related needs in various settings (schools, nursing homes, hospitals). Lori Ratchelous, LMSW. Saturday, Dec 3, 2022. 10 am – 12 pm. 2 CECs. $40 40 – UConn SSW Alumni and Current Field Instructors. $50 50 – All Others. The webinar link will be emailed when your registration is complete.

It’s time to suspend hospice social work visits (COVID-19)

Hospice Social Work

Until COVID-19 contained, we should only be seeing hospice patients–whether at home or in long-term care facilities–when it’s necessary to do so in order to meet crucial short-term needs. A clear threat to containment is when providers visit multiple nursing homes.

COVID-19 and First Responder Social Workers: An Unexpected Mental Health Storm

Social Work Blog

COVID-19 has disproportionally affected people living in poverty; new immigrants; and those living in healthcare settings (hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes), shelters, detention centers, and prisons.

65,000 adults waiting at least six months for assessment as unmet needs mount, warns ADASS

Community Care

40,288,271 home care hours were delivered from January to March 2022, up 16% on February to April 2021 (34,635,217). 2,206,187 commissioned home care hours went undelivered from January to March 2022, up 671% on February to April 2021 (286,148 hours).

Understanding Animal Assisted Therapy: How it Conforms to Social Work Practice

University of Connecticut

demonstrate the ability to match differing therapeutic animal roles and interventions to address the different types of human-health and wellness related needs in different settings (schools, nursing homes, hospitals). Lori Ratchelous, LMSW. Saturday, December 3, 2022. 10 am – 12 pm. 2 CECs. $40 40 – UConn SSW Alumni and Current Field Instructors. $50 50 – All Others. The webinar link will be emailed when your registration is complete.

Survey Readiness: Post-Acute Care Compliance Checkup

Relias

Whether your focus is skilled nursing, home health, hospice, or another post-acute sector, are you confident in your survey readiness? With the Biden administration advocating for stricter scrutiny on nursing homes, we know inspection of healthcare facilities may increase even more.

A Daughter's Dilemma

American Board of Clinical Social Work

Mami always told me, “when I’m no longer able to take care of myself, put me in a nursing home…my dignity is very important to me”. We have tried keeping her at home by splitting caretaking shifts, hiring private caregivers, and various other efforts. We are no longer able to keep our dear Mami at home. As her daughter, I struggle with guilt feelings and have tried to think of any other possible solution that excludes nursing home placement.

Winter vaccinations offer twice the peace of mind

Social Care

The additional pressure placed on my care home staff has been enormous, but they have gone above and beyond to protect our residents and provide the best possible care in what have been extraordinary circumstances. [Image supplied by freepik.com]. Pandemic pressures.

Why I decided to take the COVID-19 vaccine

Social Care

I'm a nurse and I work in Evergreen nursing home in Hastings. Instead of having a lovely Christmas last year, COVID-19 came into the home and changed everything. I cried nearly every day at home and at work. A difficult beginning.

Adult social care vacancy rate hits 10%

Community Care

Vacancies continue to be worst in the home care sector, reaching 13% last month, up from 12.8% Among roles, 18% of registered nursing posts were vacant, up 8.4 In relation to filled posts, nursing homes were most badly hit, with a fall of 6% since March 2021 and a drop of 8.5%

Digital Competency Evaluations Can Ease Your Administrative Burden

Relias

CMS has increased oversight of nursing homes and per instance fines for poor-performing facilities from $21,000 to $1,000,000,” said Trish Richardson, MSN, BSBA, RN, NE-BC, CMSRN, Director of Post-Acute Care Solutions at Relias and President-elect of the North Carolina Nurses Association. “In

Risk of widespread care home closures due to £850m hole in funding reform, warn councils

Community Care

The government risks widespread care home closures if it doesn’t provide councils with significantly more funding to pay providers a “fair cost of care”, a report has warned. The CCN report said £378m of the funding was allocated annually for residential and nursing homes.

New Frequently Asked Questions on the No Surprises Act: Good Faith Estimates

Social Work Blog

Social workers employed as salaried employees in hospitals, nursing homes, primary care, and other health settings should contact their administration for information regarding the use of GFEs in their setting. April 18, 2022.

News Items – April 8, 2022

Social Workers Speak

Bill Lamb is a member: For-profit vs. nonprofit: Do some NC nursing homes cut corners on staffing and quality? Studies have found a similar pattern nationally, with nonprofit homes generally providing a higher quality of care than for-profits. It’s a pressing concern now as nursing homes struggle with a shortage of caregivers, a factor that threatens the quality of care.

Quiz: hospice philosophy and patient self-determination

Hospice Social Work

Whose responsibility is it to make sure each patient has a funeral home selected before dying? Fully oriented patients have an ethical right to choose to live at home, alone, even when it's not safe to do so. How well do you understand hospice philosophy?

Future-Proof Your Workforce: Post-Acute Care Reskilling and Upskilling

Relias

Leaders in assisted living, skilled nursing, home health, rehab therapy, wound care, and hospice know you can’t hire all the skills your organization will need tomorrow and in the future.

How to choose a good hospice (whether you’re looking for a job or signing up a relative)

Hospice Social Work

When I heard from a nursing home social worker that a recently admitted patient neither qualified for Medicaid nor received enough income to pay privately, I called the patient care manager for our team in that area and described the situation.

Understanding Animal Assisted Therapy: How it Conforms to Social Work Practice

University of Connecticut

demonstrate the ability to match differing therapeutic animal roles and interventions to address different types of human-health and wellness related needs in various settings (schools, nursing homes, hospitals). Lori Ratchelous, LMSW. Saturday, Dec 3, 2022. 10 am – 12 pm. 2 CECs. $40 40 – UConn SSW Alumni and Current Field Instructors. $50 50 – All Others. The webinar link will be emailed when your registration is complete.

An open letter to those who work with the Texas OOHDNR

Hospice Social Work

I’ve worked for a dozen hospice directors of nursing, and I’ve never known any to say, “That’s too fine a point to bother the family over.” It matters to nursing homes: They don’t want to have to perform CPR on hospice patients.

Funeral homes: Where hospice workers forget patient self-determination

Hospice Social Work

Disagreement regarding funeral home planning. When it came to funeral homes, however, the survey showed a much bigger difference of opinion, with a large chunk of respondents indicating a belief that funeral homes must be chosen before patients die.

It’s Time for a Change in How We Design, Develop, Test and Disseminate Empirically Supported Treatments

Society of Clinical Psychology

The new, much heralded model of primary care, called the “patient centered medical home” anticipates that all primary care teams will include a behavioral health clinician, among other ancillary health care professionals.