Conditions at Assisted Living Communities and Nursing Homes

Finding a good health care facility to care for yourself or a loved one is a difficult challenge. Many facilities are understaffed and don’t have access to the right tools to effectively manage operations, thus having a negative impact on patient care. PBS recently aired a documentary titled “Life and Death in Assisted Living” investigating retirement communities and assisted living facilities that experienced tragic consequences for being understaffed and inadequately trained.

According to a new study published in the August edition of Medical Care, a majority of long-stay nursing home hospitalizations could be avoided by improving quality of care in nursing homes. Three fifths of hospitalizations were potentially avoidable and the majority was for infections, injuries, and congestive heart failure. Clinical risk factors included renal disease, diabetes and a high number of medications, among others. Staffing, quality and reimbursement were also noted as potentially avoidable risk factors. has been intent to find the first-class health care facilities, of which there are many in the long term care industry. Many of these health care facilities are listed on our website and we are proud to tell the story of the facilities that receive 5 Star Surveys and/or are cited in the US News and World Report Best Nursing Homes. Some facilities in particular that have received excellent reports are Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Jamaica Hills, NY), Kearsley Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (Philadelphia, PA) and Briarwood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center (Needham, MA).

We have also been working together with facilities and service providers around the tri-state area to improve efficiency so that the administrators can improve quality of care for the residents. GeriMedix, Inc. is committed to the on-time delivery of cost-effective, high-quality, long-term-care resident products, and the continuous improvement of personalized support services to their caregiver customers. ADS is the proven way to eliminate scheduling headaches, boost productivity and improve compliance. Sophisticated GL integration will help you maximize your budget, and their Time & Labor Management will streamline your shifts and keep overtime costs under control. is dedicated to providing quality information and resources for caregivers and health care professionals. For more information on navigating the healthcare industry or improving standards at your facility, contact us at or 718-382-4200.

01. August 2013 by Ruth Folger Weiss
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