Long-term care is or will be a fact of life for many of us and our loved ones as we age. We all deserve care – whether in the home or in a long-term care facility – that meets the highest of standards, enhancing quality of life and ensuring the protection of rights. Join us as we talk with national experts and advocates about strategies you can use in the pursuit of quality long-term care.
Addressing Abuse in Long-Term Care Facilities
Abuse is defined in the federal nursing home regulations as the willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain, or mental anguish. It can take many forms including physical abuse, verbal, sexual, mental, emotional, and financial. Even though federal law states that residents of long-term care facilities have the right to be free from abuse, it still does occur and is largely under-reported and inadequately investigated and addressed.
In this episode we are talking with Dr. Laura Mosqueda, a professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics, and Beverley Laubert, the National Ombudsman Program Coordinator at the Administration for Community Living about abuse of those living in long-term care facilities – an issue that affects thousands of residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care settings.
Recent data indicates increased concern about incidences of abuse in long-term care facilities. That, along with the fact that June 15 is designated as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), made us think it was important and timely to talk about this issue.
Untangling Nursing Home Staffing & Finances: Making Sense of a Complex Web in a Push for Better Care
Research has shown that staffing in nursing homes - numbers of staff, skills mix, and training - are critical indicators of quality care and positive resident outcomes. Yet too many nursing homes are understaffed, and the long-term care industry claims it does not have the resources to hire more staff. But is that really true? Listen in for a discussion about how complex facility practices and resource allocation, combined with a lack of minimum standards, put residents at risk for poor care and bad outcomes; as well as recommendations for addressing these problems.
A Conversation with Nursing Home Residents: Part II
The most significant nursing home reforms in decades were announced in February 2022. The reforms include the creation of a minimum staffing standard in nursing homes, accountability for poor performing nursing homes, increased transparency around ownership and finances, and support for direct care staff. These reforms are critical and urgently needed to address the inadequate conditions many residents face in their day-to-day lives.
In this episode we continue our conversation with long-term care residents about the importance of these reforms. We speak with two residents to discuss the problems they face in their day-to-day lives from inadequate staffing, the ways nursing home ownership has impacted their lives throughout the pandemic, as well as what can be done to improve their lives in long-term care.
A Deeper Look at the 2022 Nursing Home Reforms
In this episode, we take a deeper look at the Biden Administration's nursing home reforms, announced on February 28, 2022. These reforms include the most significant improvements to nursing homes in decades.
We are joined by Sam Brooks and Jocelyn Bogdan of Consumer Voice, who break down the five categories of the reforms including (1) Ensuring taxpayer dollars support nursing homes that provide safe adequate, and dignified care; (2) Enhancing accountability and oversight; (3) Increasing transparency; (4) Creating pathways to good-paying jobs with the free and fair choice to join a union; and (5) Ensuring pandemic and emergency preparedness in nursing homes. These reforms are critical to addressing the inadequate conditions many residents face in their day-to-day lives.
A Conversation with Nursing Home Residents About Staffing
On February 28, 2022, the Biden Administration announced it would be implementing new nursing home reforms including the creation of a minimum staffing standard in nursing homes, accountability for poor performing nursing homes, increased transparency around ownership and finances, and support for direct care staff. These reforms are critical and desperately needed to address the inadequate conditions that many residents face in their day-to-day lives.
In this episode, we speak directly with two long-term care residents, in Texas and Ohio, about the importance of these reforms, the problems they face in their day to day lives from inadequate and untrained staff, and what other improvements they would like to see that would help improve their lives in long-term care.
Nursing Home Neglect: Preventing It and Getting Help
The pandemic has renewed concerns about the quality of care that residents receive in some nursing homes, and many family members have reported significant decline in the condition of their loved ones. Neglect and abuse of older adults is a long-standing problem that is under-reported and has not received the necessary attention and response from policymakers, yet it results in needless and preventable suffering and harm.
In this episode with Dr. Laura Mosqueda, a professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, we talk about neglect, which is the failure to provide goods and services to an individual that are necessary to avoid physical harm, pain, mental anguish, or emotional distress. Neglect may or may not be intentional.
I find your podcast to be insightful and educational. This is essential listening for long-term care consumers, prospective consumers, and anyone working in the field!
A new way to learn about getting good care!
The National Consumer Voice is an essential resource for anyone involved in long-term care! As an avid podcast listener, I’m glad to have the opportunity to listen to CV experts & guests while I’m driving or taking a walk.
Very enlightening and I enjoyed listening to the residents share their experiences, displeasures, and desires for better quality care.