Licensing requirements at Tennessee elderly care facilities vary

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Families across the Tennessee often have to make some difficult decisions when it comes to taking care of elderly loved ones. There are many people who would like to have the time, resources and medical expertise to care for an elderly family member themselves, but more often than not, this is not possible. It can then become necessary to find a suitable care facility that can take on these tasks. Making decisions related to these nursing home facilities is not easy. Many people think they can only make decisions based on their financial capabilities, but there are often many more…

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Tennessee nursing home fined $240,000 for numerous violations

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Families often have to make some difficult decisions when it comes to the care of our elderly loved ones. Often, it can be impossible for family members to provide the level of care needed on their own, so they must weigh the options of whether a nursing home facility is the best solution. We hope and expect that our loved ones will be treated with care and dignity, but the reality is that some facilities fall very short of these expectations. In the past year alone, one Tennessee nursing home was fined for several violations that were identified during two…

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After 21 year battle, nursing home residents awarded $11 million

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One of the most difficult decisions that Tennessee families may have to make is whether, and when, they need to consider placing an older loved one in a nursing home. Families worry about their health and happiness, and many ultimately decide that the environment and medical care that is promised at many nursing homes may be the best solution for an elderly or sick family member. These people are among the most vulnerable patients and we want to be assured that they will be cared for in a dignified and responsible manner. Too often, however, nursing homes take advantage of…

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Lack of Hand Washing in Nursing Homes Puts Patients at Risk

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Regular hand washing is one of the most important things nursing home staff can do to keep patients healthy and safe. Sadly, research shows that many staff members are leaving out this important step before caring for their patients. This development puts patients at risk for infections, which, in many cases, may be life threatening. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid prescribe the hand-washing requirements that nursing home staff must follow. For example, staff members must wash their hands before assisting residents with tasks such as brushing their teeth, bathing or using the bathroom. However, some of the requirements for…

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CMS: Many Nursing Homes Overmedicating Dementia Patients

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Many seniors wind up in nursing homes because they have Alzheimer’s or dementia and can no longer care for themselves. Unfortunately, too many of these vulnerable patients end up being mistreated by their caregivers. Some nursing homes either mistakenly or intentionally over-administer antipsychotic drugs to patients with dementia. Often, this happens because the patients cannot communicate their needs and because their outbursts are stressful for the people caring for them. Antipsychotic drugs can help a patient to calm down. However, taking too many can cause serious harm and even death. According to 2010 statistics from the U.S. Centers for Medicare…

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Prevent Abuse and Neglect by Choosing the Right Nursing Home

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The decision to put a loved one in a nursing home is never easy. Sometimes, though, the complexities of illness and age require a level of care that the average person cannot provide on his or her own. According to AARP, two-thirds of Americans over age 65 will need nursing home care at some point during their lives. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect is always a possibility. Therefore, it is important for families to do their due diligence and thoroughly investigate a number of facilities before settling on a place for their loved one to reside. AARP recommends that…

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Admissions Ban Lifted at Tennessee Nursing Home

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When our loved ones move into a nursing home, we hope that they are safe and getting the best care possible. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Thankfully, both the state and federal governments provide oversight of Tennessee nursing homes. Although government inspections can’t totally eliminate the risk of nursing home abuse and neglect, they can help uncover the most egregious problems. Earlier this month, the Tennessee Department of Health lifted its ban on admissions to Bristol Nursing Home. Admissions had been suspended after the facility fell out of compliance with state licensing rules. A state inspection found that the…

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