Most Brits Want To Die At Home While The Majority Are Dying In Hospital

A report by The Audit Office informs that most people in the United Kingdom are dying in hospital – even though the majority would prefer to die at home. The Audit Office explains that of the half-a-million people who die each year in England, over 66% are over the age of 75. Most deaths take […]

Nationwide Consultation Suggests That Individuals Will Help Pay For A Fairer, Clearer Long-term Care System, UK

The UK needs a new system to pay for long-term care for older people, which combines a clear-cut entitlement to care and support with a sharing of costs between individuals and the state. This was the conclusion, published recently (The Future of Care Funding: Time for a change1), of a nine-month consultation initiative involving over […]

Serious Nursing Home Citations Increased By 22% Over Six Years, According To Analysis

The number of nursing homes nationwide that were cited for placing residents in “immediate jeopardy” increased by 22% from 2000 to 2006, according to a USA Today analysis of CMS records. The citations are the most serious reprimand inspectors can issue and often follow cases in which residents have been physically or sexually abused or […]

New Resources, Briefing Examine Nursing Home Reform

New Resources, Kaiser Family Foundation: The Kaiser Family Foundation has released resources that examine the results of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, which was intended to improve the quality of nursing home care. The resources include a chartpack, short film and briefing that analyze the history of the law, its provisions, and the […]

CMS Lists Poorest-Quality Nursing Homes On Web Site In Effort To Encourage Improvements

CMS on Thursday released a list naming 54 nursing homes in the U.S. that continually fail to meet safety and quality-of-care standards in their states, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The facilities are located in 33 states and the District of Columbia. All nursing homes included on the list were designated as a “special focus […]

Physicians, Large Employers Look At Medical Home System To Curb Health Care Costs

Some physicians and large employers in the U.S. have been looking at a patient-centered medical home system to help reduce health care costs, the Wichita Eagle reports. Under the model, primary care physicians become the hub for care coordination, “taking personal responsibility and accountability for the ongoing care of patients,” according to the Eagle. Rick […]

AARP: CMS Publication Of Poor Performing Nursing Homes A Good First Step

AARP Legislative Counsel David Certner made the following statement in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announcement regarding poor performing nursing homes in the Special Focus Facility (SFF) program: “Residents in the poorest performing nursing homes and their families have a right to know that the care they receive may be sub-standard. […]

Annual Out-of-Pocket Costs Of Caring For Elderly Parent, Spouse About $5,500, Survey Finds

U.S. adults who care for elderly people on average have annual out-of-pocket costs of $5,531, which accounts for about 10% of their salaries, according to a study released on Monday, the New York Times reports. The study — conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving, a research and policy group, and Evercare, a division of […]

New HPV Vaccine Under Study

A new vaccine against nine of the most harmful strains of human papillomavirus is under study at the Medical College of Georgia. The vaccine, called nine-valent, is being compared with Gardasil, a quadrivalent vaccine already on the market that works against the two most deadly HPV types. “We’re testing Gardasil against three different doses of […]

Evercare/NAC Study Reveals That Half Of Caregivers Are Spending 10 Percent Of Their Income To Care For An Older Loved One

The Evercare/National Alliance for Caregiving Study released finds that half of those caring for a loved one 50 years or older are spending on average more than 10 percent of their annual income on caregiving expenses and often sacrifice their own long-term financial and personal well-being to do so. The Evercare┬«/NAC Study of Caregivers – […]