Nursing Home Care

U.S. Nursing Home Violations of International and Domestic Human Rights Standards

We present a review of the international covenants and conventions and U.S. domestic laws and regulations that are designed to protect nursing home residents in the United States. Based on a review of research studies, government reports, and news reports, we found extensive evidence of widespread and systematic abuse and neglect of nursing home residents […]

Emigrating From the U.S. May Be the Only Way To Afford Eldercare

We laughed, but joking aside, agreed: Growing old—or falling ill—in the United States is not for the poor. The national median cost in the United States for a one-bedroom unit in an assisted living community is now $4,000 per month, or $48,000 per year. Alzheimer’s or dementia care increases that cost by an additional $1,200 […]

Infection Lapses Rampant In Nursing Homes But Punishment Is Rare

Basic steps to prevent infections — such as washing hands, isolating contagious patients and keeping ill nurses and aides from coming to work — are routinely ignored in the nation’s nursing homes, endangering residents and spreading hazardous germs. A Kaiser Health News analysis of four years of federal inspection records shows 74 percent of nursing […]

Trump Administration Relaxes Financial Penalties Against Nursing Homes

Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has said that the agency’s regulations were “taking doctors away from what matters most: patients.” (Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images) The Trump administration — reversing guidelines put in place under President Barack Obama — is scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that […]

Britain Was a Pioneer in Outsourcing Services. Now, the Model Is ‘Broken.’

After years of improvements in their LTC services, the U.K. began to privatize these services several years ago and allow private equity investment in LTC programs. These privatization initiatives have created growing instability in the Unite Kingdom’s LTC system and a growing crisis in access to care and concerns about its quality. The residents of […]