Assisted living-type facilities often are subject to less scrutiny than nursing homes. Investigations in Vermont and elsewhere have revealed patterns of poor care and deaths.
The Trump administration wants reduce the "burden" on nursing home operators by relaxing the rules governing the facilities. Critics see troubling implications for the care of millions of residents.
Former staffers face multiple counts of aggravated manslaughter. Some face charges of tampering. State officials ruled deaths of 12 patients at a nursing home after a 2017 hurricane were homicides.
Physician Louise Aronson treats patients who are in their 60s — as well as those who are older than 100. She writes about changing approaches to elder health care in her book Elderhood.
Workers in nursing homes, hospital ERs and other health facilities are required by law to notify police whenever they notice likely signs of physical or sexual abuse. But that's often not happening.
In Vermont, there are more elderly patients with medical needs than there are nursing homes. A growing number of families in the state are opening their homes to the elderly as an alternative.
Hospitals and nursing homes in California and Illinois think that regional cooperation — and a particular soap — could help them all gain the upper hand against deadly superbugs.
Inspectors are citing facilities more often than during the Obama administration. But in response to industry prodding, the average fine is nearly a third lower, and the total assessed is down.
After three hurricanes, a big snow storm and an ice storm, residents and staff of a retirement community in Charleston are starting to view evacuations as the reality of growing old on the coast.
Medicare's incentive program to discourage nursing homes from discharging patients too quickly will also give bonuses to facilities that have fewer rehospitalizations.