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How to Report a Problem in a Nursing Home Christina Morales

September 23rd, 2014 | 2

How to Report a Problem in a Nursing HomeWe’ve all read the news reports or have heard stories about neglect and abuse that can happen in a nursing home. While it is not the norm, it is a real fear that family members struggle with concerning their elderly loved ones. What should you do if you suspect that your loved one is not receiving the proper care that they deserve? What signs should you look for?

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Long-Term Care Service Providers In The United States (INFOGRAPHIC) Lara Baez

August 5th, 2014 | 1

Long-Term CareLong-term care defines a broad range of services that meet the needs of older adults with various functional limitations. These services are provided by paid, regulated providers, and include assistance with activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, toileting), instrumental activities of daily living (medication management, housework), and health maintenance tasks. Here, we report on various aspects of these long-term care service providers: their funding, their population profile, and the prevalence of morbidity in their facilities.

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Diet And Nutrition In Older Adults (INFOGRAPHIC) Lara Baez

July 16th, 2014 | 0

Diet And NutritionDiet and nutrition in older adults is crucial! In one of our previous infographics, we saw the detrimental effects of malnutrition in the elderly population. That has inspired this infographic, which focuses on the components of a good diet in the over-50 population. Healthy eating keeps your mind and body strong, and greatly improves overall health… So start eating right today!

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Malnutrition In The Elderly Population (INFOGRAPHIC) Lara Baez

June 4th, 2014 | 3

Malnutrition InfographicMalnutrition is a widespread and largely preventable issue for America’s elderly population. It can be found in care facilities, hospitals, and independent living alike. With over 15% of the elderly population facing the threat of hunger, we need to raise awareness by spreading the word about the issue, and do what we can to reduce its reach.

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The Nursing Home Checklist Alyssa Chan

March 13th, 2014 | 0

The Nursing Home ChecklistWe would like to make all our readers and members of the OpenCommunity aware of the nursing home checklist provided by Medicare.gov. We strongly recommend that you print this out and take a copy of this checklist to each nursing home you visit. This serves as a great reminder for the important questions to ask regarding resident life, nursing home living spaces, staff, residents’ rooms, hallways, stairs, lounges, bathrooms, menus and food, activities, safety, and care. It is also a good resource to take notes on so that you can quickly reference all the critical information.

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The Cost of Senior Living (INFOGRAPHIC) Alyssa Chan

January 16th, 2014 | 3

TN_Cost_of_SLAs we become older, there is more demand for help in our daily lives. However, with the upcoming baby boomer population, space at senior care homes may become limited. In addition, the cost of senior living options have a substantial increase annually. The cost of senior living varies with the type of residence, apartment size, and types of services needed. The basic rate may cover all services or there may be additional charges for special services. We have simplified the finances and defined various housing options available below in an infographic of our own.

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Senior Care – A Detailed Look Alyssa Chan

December 18th, 2013 | 0

OpenPlacement-Blog-Spectrum-of-Senior-CareSearching for Senior Care for yourself or a loved one can be a very difficult task and more often than not is during a difficult period of time.  It is extremely important to find the perfect fit with comfort, care and most importantly safety in mind. That said, it is critical to consider all the options that are available as well as the specific level of care and services they provide.

Below you will find a graphic that helps visualize all the key care types available.  As you move from the bottom of the graphic to the top the level of care increases.  Non medical home care provides the most basic form of care services in the comfort of ones home.  On the other side of the spectrum is a hospital which provides the highest level of services and care for a loved one.

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