Medicare Requirements for Skilled Nursing Facilities

Skilled Nursing Facilities Insurance

In order to provide the best service to your clients, it is necessary to know Medicare Requirements for skilled nursing facilities. The nursing home reform law, the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA '87), and Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes (a campaign launched by a coalition of consumers, health care providers, and nursing home professionals), as well as other campaigns serve as the foundation for the Medicare Five-Star Quality Rating System.

In order to assess the rating of a skilled nursing facility, three sources of data are used:

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Elopement in Elder Care Facilities

Elder Elopement

In addition to providing information to our agents, we seek information our agents can use when serving the needs of their clients. With that in mind, this article will look at elopement in elder care facilities – who is most likely to do it, and what can be done to prevent it.

One of the primary risks for seniors residing in elder care facilities is their ability to put themselves in harm’s way by leaving the facility unaccompanied and unobserved. Referred to as elopement, this risk primarily affects those with dementia, who may be looking for someone or something familiar. What can an elder care facility do to prevent elopement of its residents?

Understand the Reasons

It is important to understand why a person wanders, so the facility can take appropriate steps for prevention. Many elderly individuals with cognitive issues may wander for reasons, which, on the surface, may not be clear. They may be trying to meet an elemental need such as using the bathroom or getting a drink of water. They may be reacting to something they do not like in the facility’s environment. Or, there may be medical conditions behind their wandering.

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Dancing as Therapy in Elder Care Facilities

Elder Care Dancing as Therapy

As a national insurance wholesaler providing coverage for elder care facilities, it is important to stay abreast of rehabilitation methods. Dancing enhances both cognitive and physical abilities, so it is ideal as a method of rehabilitation. As people age, certain physical characteristics can change, and even decline. Staying active, both physically and mentally, can help slow the progression of disease and prevent decline in seniors.

Gait is considered the sixth vital sign. Any measure below 2 feet per second is of concern for older adults. Seniors with slow gait are more likely to be:

  • Dependent on others for care
  • Prone to falls and the resultant broken bones
  • Dependent on pain relief medication

With this in mind, researchers at the University of St. Louis looked into dance as a way to potentially increase and stabilize gait. Additionally, they wanted to find out if dance could help reduce pain and stiffness in the hips and legs in the elderly.

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Allied Health Professionals - The Next Major Health Workforce

Future of Allied Health

As a national insurance wholesaler for agents who serve allied health facilities, it is important that you understand the allied health field. One of the unique challenges faced by allied health facilities is significant and continuing growth.

Lead health professional of Public Health England, Linda Hindle, noted that allied health professionals might be the next major public health workforce in England, with more than 80,000 workers in private, government, education, and voluntary work. The growth has been significant in the United States as well, with more than 5 million workers providing 60% of the health care workforce in more than 80 different allied health professions. In addition, the number of US allied health professionals is expected to increase from 15-20% by the year 2020 according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics.

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Security in Elder Care Facilities

Elder Care Security

Facilities for seniors have some unique security challenges. Residents require protection along with the care and comfort they are provided. As a broker who provides service to agents addressing the coverage needs of elder care facilities, it is important for you to understand the security problems and requirements these facilities must address.

Violence has increased in our society. This has increased the challenge to provide a safe and secure environment for elder care facility residents. Additionally, technological advances have allowed facilities to employ sophisticated monitoring equipment, alarms, and security systems. Litigation also has had an impact on the security functions of personnel in elder care facilities.

Senior care facilities present some unique security challenges. When the elder care facility is establishing security, the following areas must be addressed to meet these challenges:

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