How to Put a Stop to Illegal Nursing Home Debt Collection Tactics

Q. Happy New Year! My mother has dementia, and we are looking into nursing home options. I had lunch with a friend today, and she told me a horror story that involved debt collectors. My friend was surprised and incredibly upset … [Read more...]

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Tougher Scrutiny and Federal Penalties Being Planned for Failing Nursing Homes

Q. Last year, during his State of the Union address, President Biden discussed a major overhaul of nursing home quality, including minimum staffing levels and steps to beef up inspections. Since then, I haven’t heard about any of … [Read more...]

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Almost All Nursing Home Beds Are Medicaid Beds

Q. My father is being cared for in our home near Old Town Alexandria but needs more care than we can provide. We are seriously considering nursing home care as the best option for him. With the incredibly high cost of care, we are … [Read more...]

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Is Your Loved One Ready for a Nursing Home?

Q. We have been caring for my mother in our home for the past five years. We think she needs more help than we can provide. How do you know when a loved one is ready for a nursing home? Thanks for your help!A. Caregivers and … [Read more...]

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How Virginia, Maryland, and DC are Using Strike Teams to Combat COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

As of August 31, 2020, there are over 6 million cases of COVID-19 in the US and 183,000 people have died. There are many horrific tragedies that have occurred over the past six months, but one of the worst is how coronavirus … [Read more...]

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Choosing a Nursing Home for a Loved One During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Q. My mother has dementia and seems to be declining rapidly. Her needs are becoming more than my father and I, and a nurse’s aide, can handle at home. We’ve decided the time has come to consider nursing home care. All of the news … [Read more...]

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Virginia, Maryland, and DC Now Allow Visitors in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Q. Last month, we had a scare when the nursing home where my mother, Marcia (85), who has dementia, resides called and said that she stopped eating and seems depressed and withdrawn. Although she doesn’t quite know who we are, my … [Read more...]

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Harvard Doctor Reimagines Aging and Reinvents Nursing Homes

"We're taught that aging is all about decline. In truth, it's all about change. We taste the sweetness of aging when we choose its meaning." - Dr. Bill ThomasBill Thomas, a doctor who calls himself the “Nursing Home … [Read more...]

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How to Find the Best Nursing Home for Your Loved One

Q. We are looking for the right nursing home for my mother, but I’m having trouble knowing whether to trust the ratings I see online on the federal government’s Nursing Home Compare website. For instance, there’s a nursing home … [Read more...]

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New Nursing Home Rules Offer Residents More Control of Their Care

Mark has been a loving caregiver for his mother, Roberta, who has had Alzheimer’s for over five years. Roberta now needs more care than Mark can provide. Mark has spent lots of time and energy seeking quality options in long-term … [Read more...]

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