Considerations For Selecting A Nursing Home In 2014

A 2012 study revealed that 1 in 3 nursing homes was cited for violations over a 10 year study. In 2013 90 percent of nursing homes were cited for deficiencies by long-term care ombudsmen. This increases the necessity for selecting safe nursing homes for loved ones. There are numerous tips for what to look for when making decisions for long-term care. Research is key, because what seems to be safe may not be.

“Because a nursing home’s revenue is fixed by the year’s Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rate, they can only increase their profits by reducing their costs, which means cutting on the quality of the care they provide,” Rich McIver says. “Most times, this means cutting staff or hiring lower quality staff because they cut their staff’s pay. The only limitation on how far a corporate nursing home is willing to cut, comes in the form of government penalties for violations and the costs of lawsuits when their care falls below certain standards.” For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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