Too many nursing homes settle for compliance over true quality

RE “STATE acts on nursing homes” (Page A1, Feb. 11): Hopefully, as the headline says, the state will act. Having consulted and provided clinical services in some of these facilities, I can substantiate the need for a clearly delineated process for reporting complaints up the chain of supervisors and managers that is enforced and rewarded. […]

One Third of Skilled Nursing Patients Harmed in Treatment

One-in-three patients in skilled nursing facilities suffered a medication error, infection or some other type of harm related to their treatment, according to a government report released today that underscores the widespread nature of the country’s patient harm problem. Doctors who reviewed the patients’ records determined that 59 percent of the errors and injuries were preventable. […]

‘Promise you’ll never put me in a nursing home’

Whenever Sarah Harris and her husband, Ernie, drove past a nursing home, he would say the same thing: That’s where you’re going to put me. That’s where I’m going to be sent. “I would say, ‘No, I don’t think that’s going to happen,’ ” said Harris, of Fairfax, Va. Her husband had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s […]

The Nursing Home Culture-Change Movement: Recent Past, Present, and Future Directions for Research

This article uses a retrospective approach to critique the research base underlying the nursing home culture-change movement—an effort to radically transform the nation’s nursing homes by delivering resident-directed care and empowering staff. The article traces the development of the movement from its inception 10 years ago to 2005, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid […]