In March 2006, litigation was filed by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Disability Advocates, and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, among others, claiming that New York State officials violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by transferring mentally ill patients from state psychiatric hospitals into locked nursing home
Poor nursing homes
abound while good ones are harder to find, says a survey released Tuesday that blames lax oversight of nursing care facilities.
In any case, nursing home
care is a costly proposition and one that will be increasingly more difficult to meet in the years ahead.
Adds Rubin, "In the end, when it comes to a nursing home
real estate loan, it's property values that provide us with an additional measure of comfort in making a loan to a nursing home
Alice Hedt, executive director of the National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home
Reform, based in Washington, D.
said nearly all the companies that used to write nursing home
liability are getting out of that business.
Other enhancements requiring Congressional action include reauthorizing the Nursing Home
Ombudsman Program and enlarging the scope of practice of some nursing home
staff to allow them to give nutrition and hydration therapy.
residents whose care is covered by Medicare or private insurance constitute a small portion of the nursing home
population (Levit, Sensenig, Cowan, et al.
According to a letter sent to home-care providers by the Department of Health and Social Services, the "small percentage of people having to enter nursing homes
" because of the state's home-care cap, will be "free to leave the nursing home
for work, education, and social events.
expenses are deductible to the extent they are incurred for medical care.
We do have a nursing home
attached to the county hospital here, so their data is a part of our database," McDonald says.