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Long Term Care News Apr 2015

The new Care Act means we can all apply for support as we get old
The act’s cap on personal liability for long-term care means state support in old age will be opened up to everyone, not just those who are poor Finally we’ve arrived. Seven years after the Law Commission embarked upon a review of what its then chairman called a “hodgepodge” of almost 40 statutes governing the care and support of older and disabled people in England, dating back as far as 1948 ... (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:30:03 -0700)

Colfax nursing home fined by state
COLFAX — The long-term care facility formerly known as Asta Care Center of Colfax has been fined by the state after repeated sexual aggression by one resident to another resident last year. (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:00:00 -0700)

Ottawa veterans centre rethinks role as funding shrinks
The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre is now contemplating a future without veterans as the aging soldiers from World War II and the Korean conflict die — along with the federal government's funding to those veterans housed at the long-term care facility. The Perley Rideau, a sprawling, full-service facility in Ottawa's east end, houses 250 veterans who served in World War II or Korea ... (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:23:52 -0700)

Cleveland Health Care Center to open specialized program for memory disorders
Cleveland Health Care Center, a local provider of skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation, announced plans to open Caring Cove, a specialized program for individuals suffering from cognitiv (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:04:25 -0700)

Senior dies after eating detergent pods, worker blames understaffing
A retired care aide says understaffing at Moose Jaw's Providence Place led to the death of a senior who ate laundry detergent pods. Providence Place is a 160-bed long-term care facility owned and operated by the Catholic Health Ministry. Blanchard said a man with dementia died at the home on March 20 after wandering unsupervised and eating laundry detergent pods. Blanchard said residents and ... (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:57:27 -0700)

San Francisco Supervisors Unanimously Pass Ordinance Preventing Discrimination Of LGBT Seniors
A city ordinance prohibiting discrimination against senior lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender San Franciscans by long-term care facilities and nursing homes was unanimously approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:53:41 -0700)

Review of Fair Deal scheme to hit elderly
Elderly people who need long-term care could be asked to contribute considerably more to cover the cost of massive nursing home bills. (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:39:38 -0700)

Unifor makes headway for long-term care workers
TORONTO, April 2, 2015 /CNW/ - Unifor health care members employed in long-term care facilities across Ontario are ratifying strong agreements this month that include increases in wages and benefits. "Unifor is committed to protecting our health care system in Canada and the first, and most important step in that is protecting the workers themselves," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President ... (Thu, 02 Apr 2015 08:28:00 -0700)

Sen. Kathleen Vinehout: Families support Family Care and IRIS
Proposed changes in Gov. Scott Walker's budget threaten Wisconsin's long-term care programs. (Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:55:24 -0700)

Seniors care crisis? Sask. health policy analyst weighs in
With several reports of neglect and understaffing in Saskatchewan long term care facilities, Global News asks if there truly is a seniors care crisis. (Thu, 02 Apr 2015 17:32:04 -0700)

Thibodaux hospital launches quality initiative
Thibodaux Regional Medical Center has launched a long-term initiative that aims to improve the quality and value of care at the public hospital. (Thu, 02 Apr 2015 18:13:39 -0700)

Nursing home bills to soar
Elderly people needing long term care could be asked to contribute considerably more to cover the cost of nursing home bills, it was claimed last night. (Fri, 03 Apr 2015 07:31:42 -0700)

2 new seniors' homes to be built in Montague, Tyne Valley
Two new long-term care facilities for P.E.I. seniors will be built next year in Montague and Tyne Valley, the premier announced Thursday. At a news conference, Premier Wade MacLauchlan said the new 49-bed Riverview Manor in Montague would be built on the site of the old Montague High School. Like other new seniors' facilities, they will be built household-style, with a small number of seniors ... (Fri, 03 Apr 2015 11:00:25 -0700)

Discovery CEO David Zaslav's Pay Soars to $156 Million in 2014
The boss of the cable networks company had made $33.3 million in 2013, but last year got stock and option awards when he signed a long-term contract, aligning his interests with those of shareholders. read more (Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:54:56 -0700)

2 Investigators: Couple Can No Longer Afford Insurance Premiums For Long-Term Care
Dalya and Mike Horowitz bought long term care insurance from Met Life 10 years ago. Rising premiums made it impossible to continue coverage, CBS 2's Pam Zekman reports. (Fri, 03 Apr 2015 20:58:28 -0700)

How the Recession Changed Long-Term Unemployment
The national unemployment rate fell, too, to 5.5 percent, as the economy added 295,000 jobs in February. Not for 2.7 million Americans, who are considered the long-term unemployed, because they've been out of work for 27 weeks or more. The long-term unemployed look like 54-year-old Michele Natale, who lives in Flagler Beach, Florida. She and her husband moved to Florida after her job loss ... (Sat, 04 Apr 2015 05:00:00 -0700)

GROWING ARIZONA: Volunteerism is its own reward
Visiting a friend or relative at a long term care facility scarcely begins to make a full impression of the day-to-day lives for residents of these facilities. Even under the best of conditions, life in these facilities can be monotonous. But long term care residents’ lives are brightened by knowing someone is there who will stop in to show they care and spend a few minutes listening to what ... (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 00:04:49 -0700)

Obamacare a 'long term project': Cleveland CEO
On the fifth anniversary of Obamacare's passage, the head of the prestigious Cleveland Clinic says he sees some positive change in its implementation. (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 06:01:23 -0700)

Long-Term Results of RTOG 9903 Indicate EPO Combined With RT Does Not Improve Local-Regional Control in Anemic ...
Long-term analysis of Radiation Therapy Oncology Group 9903 demonstrates that the addition of erythropoietin did not improve local-regional control for anemic patients with head and neck squamous cell ... (Mon, 06 Apr 2015 06:42:06 -0700)

Get long term care from whole life insurance
Worried about the nighmarish cost and limitations of long term care insurance? A new feature offered by certain whole life insurance policies is a rider that lets you start drawing up to 2 percen... (Mon, 06 Apr 2015 11:30:00 -0700)

Is whole life insurance right for you?
We’ve long advised younger, budget-conscious families to buy term life insurance. The main reason—it offers bargain-price protection that pays a large benefit to your survivors if you die during ... (Mon, 06 Apr 2015 12:45:00 -0700)

Fitch Affirms Owens & Minor's Rating at 'BBB-'; Outlook Stable
Fitch Ratings has affirmed the ratings for Owens & Minor, Inc. , including the Long-term Issuer Default Rating , at 'BBB-'. The Rating Outlook is Stable. (Mon, 06 Apr 2015 13:58:00 -0700)

Biotech Stocks Still Feeling Healthy Despite Bubble Talk
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shareholders feeling a touch of vertigo following the steep run-up in health care and biotech stocks need not reach for the medicine cabinet -- or the exit -- just yet, said Marshall Gordon, senior research analyst at ClearBridge Investments. "You really have some powerful long-term tailwinds including innovation and the aging of the population which can continue to drive ... (Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:35:13 -0700)

Hoeven on Veterans' Long-Term Care
Of North Dakota's 80 nursing homes, only 15 contract with Veterans Affairs to provide VA reimbursed services for veterans. (Mon, 06 Apr 2015 17:04:43 -0700)

Opposition mounts to Walker plan to revamp Family Care
Opposition is mounting to derail Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal to overhaul and/or dismantle programs that are national models in providing long-term care to 55,000 older and disabled individuals in the state. (Mon, 06 Apr 2015 22:00:00 -0700)

Long-term Care Software Market by Product, Mode of Delivery (Web-based, On-premises, Cloud-based) & End User (Nursing ...
LONDON, April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The global long-term care software market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.7% during the forecast period of 2014 to 2019 and is estimated to be worth $7,561.9 million ... (Tue, 07 Apr 2015 05:20:00 -0700)

Evidence-based Clinical Information Gap at Small, Independent Long-term Care Facilities Leads to Calls for Better Access
PHILADELPHIA, April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Independent long-term care (LTC) facilities represent more than 60 percent of the total number of LTC facilities in the U.S., according to 2014 data from Billian's ... (Tue, 07 Apr 2015 05:30:00 -0700)

More Teens Using Long-Term Birth Control
More U.S. teens are using long-term forms of birth control that they don't have to remember every day, but these methods are still relatively uncommon, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2013, among teens seeking birth control, 7.1 percent used intrauterine devices (IUDs) or birth control implants , whereas just 0.4 percent of these teens used one ... (Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:14:37 -0700)

Person-centered long-term care produces dramatic results
By Harry Glazer Sr. Mary Silver could tell from the very first day that her husband Joe joined the Parker at Monroe long-term living community that the experience would far exceed her expectations. read more (Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:28:08 -0700)

Long-term care provider to close, ending 102 La Crosse-area jobs, care for 221
GeminiCares Inc., which provides home and respite care to elderly and disabled people throughout Wisconsin, including 221 from its La Crosse office, will close on May 31, citing Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed changes in long-term care as contributing to the decision. (Tue, 07 Apr 2015 22:00:00 -0700)

Americans Continue To Delay Dental Care Due To Financial Concerns, Despite Knowing Long-Term Financial Implications
SYRACUSE, N.Y., April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly two in five American adults (39 percent) say they have limited or will delay dental care due to their financial situation, a number that has increased by nearly eight percent in the past two years. A survey of more than 1,000 adults was conducted by ORC International and commissioned by Aspen Dental Management, Inc. (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 05:00:00 -0700)

Seniors mark dual centennial milestone
Rising Sun Long Term Care residents Betty Hoglund, left, turned 100-years-old on March 30 and Genevieve Dallas turns 100 on April 29. Both ladies celebrated their past and pending birthdays with family and friends at the end of March. (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:16:26 -0700)

Coverage You Can Count On
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri House of Representatives heard testimony about a bill Wednesday that would allow patients or their surrogates to install cameras in long term care facility patient rooms. (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:54:42 -0700)

Genworth 2015 Annual Cost of Care Study: While Long Term Care Costs Increase So Does Millennials Confidence in Future ...
The 2015 Cost of Care study shows a continuing upward trajectory of the cost of obtaining long term care services. The cost of receiving care in a setting such as an assisted living facility or nursing home is dramatically increasing, while the cost to receive care at home through homemaker services or a home health aide is rising more gradually. "There is something very difficult about facing ... (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 11:00:00 -0700)

The Long-Term Care Insurance Industry Ponders Its Future: Seven Trends To Watch
I recently returned from a few days at the long-term care insurance industry’s national conference, held this year in Colorado Springs. The organizers asked me to participate in a panel discussion on policy solutions to the challenges of financing long-term supports and services. But I also had an opportunity to [...] (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:21:45 -0700)

Price of long-term care for seniors keeps rising
The steep cost of caring for the elderly continues to climb. The median bill for a private room in a nursing home is now $91,250 a year, according to an industry survey out Thursday. In Hawaii it is $135,050. (Fri, 10 Apr 2015 04:36:09 -0700)

Surescripts’ Industry Leading E-Prescribing Technology Expands to Long-Term & Post-Acute Care Market
Surescripts has expanded its nationwide health information network to include PointClickCare, the leading cloud-based software platform for the senior care market. More than 10,000 senior care facilities using PointClickCare will now have access to industry-leading electronic prescribing technology to fill gaps in care and reduce costs when patients move from one facility to another. (Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:00:00 -0700)

Cerner, Advocate Health Care, Advocate Physician Partners Enhance Partnership to Innovate and Better Serve Communities
Advocate Health Care and Advocate Physician Partners have extended their long-term partnership with global health information technology supplier Cerner to work toward advanced health care, lowered costs ... (Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:25:05 -0700)

Dramatic rise in cost of long term care may shock seniors and their children
April 10, 2015 – For senior citizens it may be hard to not get depressed when reading the latest report from Genworth on the cost of long term care in the U.S. It just keeps on climbing at a pace well above inflation or the growth in Social Security benefits. The 2015 Cost of Care study has one bit of better news, however, the cost of home health care, which most seniors seem to prefer, is ... (Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:44:38 -0700)

Genworth 2015 annual cost of care study: At home care costs increase in Mississippi
Genworth announced today, the results of its 12th annual Cost of Care Study, which shows that in Mississippi, the cost to receive long term care services at home with a home health aide has increased over the past five years.  (Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:48:16 -0700)

How to Choose Long-Term Care Insurance
It’s not easy finding a comprehensive and affordable plan. Some guidelines will make the quest less difficult. (Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:43:36 -0700)

Long-Term Care Insurance: How to Choose It
It’s not easy finding a comprehensive and affordable plan. Some guidelines will make the quest less difficult. (Fri, 10 Apr 2015 23:00:06 -0700)

Nursing homes’ low staffing levels raise concerns for care
As a certified nursing assistant at an Edmonds long-term care facility where staffing levels have fallen short for as long as I can remember, I support the Quality Care Act, legislation that would require nursing homes to provide enough caregivers to take care of our most vulnerable citizens. (Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:14:36 -0700)

Health briefs
Long term care sessions (Sat, 11 Apr 2015 02:00:00 -0700)

Barron's Recap: Sell GE, Look At These 5 Spinoffs Instead
This weekend in Barron's online: a look at retirement spending and long-term care insurance, the Warren Buffett tax loophole, the Rockefellers eye clean energy, as well as the prospects for General Electric, ... (Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:50:57 -0700)

Press Release
TAMPA Fla. April 13 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthcare providers seeking a single platform to manage care quality and patient engagement across expanding networks of physicians care givers and patient populations now have a solution: Tribridge Health360 . Built on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform Health360 complements existing hospital and clinical information systems in a closed-loop solution ... (Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:37:25 -0700)

Paying more for less LTC insurance
The cost of long-term care continues to increase. Get ready for sticker shock. (Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:05:16 -0700)

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