Tag: Nursing Homes

At the End of Life, Most Americans Are Dying at Home

For the first time over a half century, more people in the United States are dying at home than in hospitals, a remarkable turnabout in Americans’ view of a so-called “good death.” In 2017, 29.8 percent of deaths by natural causes occurred in hospitals, and 30.7 percent at home, researchers reported on Wednesday in the […]

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New York Identifies Hospitals and Nursing Homes With Deadly Fungus

New York on Wednesday became the first state to release the names of the medical facilities that have treated patients with Candida auris, a deadly drug-resistant fungus, that has been spreading under a cloak of secrecy. Sixty-four hospitals, 103 long-term care nursing homes, a long-term care hospital and three hospice units in New York have […]

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Rx for Doctors: Stop With the Urine Tests

It’s such a common routine in a doctor’s office or clinic or hospital that patients tend to comply without thinking: Step on the scale, roll up your sleeve for the blood pressure cuff, urinate into a cup. But that last request should prompt questions, at the least. The urine test is the first step into […]

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For Older Patients, an ‘Afterworld’ of Hospital Care

The Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, Conn., had 10 patients in its close observation unit on a recent afternoon. Visitors could hear the steady ping of pulse monitors and the hum of ventilators. The hospital carefully designed these curtained cubicles to include windows, so that patients can distinguish day from night. It also […]

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A Breeding Ground for a Fatal Scourge: Nursing Homes

Maria Davila lay mute in a nursing home bed, an anguished expression fixed to her face, as her husband stroked her withered hand. Ms. Davila, 65, suffers from a long list of ailments — respiratory failure, kidney disease, high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat — and is kept alive by a gently beeping ventilator and […]

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‘I Put My Own Life on Hold’: The Pain and Joy of Caring for Parents

Daughters said they sacrificed careers when their relatives wouldn’t. Others said hiring help sapped finances. And more than a few found treasured final moments with loved ones despite the overwhelming work of caring for them. After The Times published a pair of articles on elder care — one about a Connecticut home health aide and […]

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Hurricane Dorian Tests Florida’s Ability to Move Older Adults Out of Harm’s Way

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the outer bands of Hurricane Dorian began brushing the Florida coast on Tuesday, a woman raced to pick up her mother-in-law at a retirement community, where the elevator was about to be shut down. The staff of a nursing home packed up more than 200 residents as well as […]

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4 Will Be Charged in Florida Nursing Home Deaths After Hurricane Irma, Lawyers Say

The police in Hollywood, Fla., plan to charge four employees of a nursing home in the deaths of a dozen residents who succumbed to heat exposure there in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in 2017, lawyers for two of the employees said on Saturday. Among those charged will be Jorge Carballo, the administrator of the […]

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Into Their 60s and ‘Into the Woods’

It’s a half-hour to curtain, and a wicked stepsister in an emerald dress and an updo dashes through the lobby of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It’s a distinctive run: a cautiously teetering, toe-heavy canter you might resort to when you’re in heels, on the far side of 60 and about […]

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Dozens of Nursing Homes With HUD-Backed Mortgages Have ‘Serious Deficiencies’

Dozens of the worst-run nursing homes in the United States have mortgages guaranteed by a federal agency that mostly stopped inspecting such homes several years ago. Seventy-four nursing homes with mortgages insured against default by the agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, are among 478 homes identified this month by two United States […]

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The Elderly Are Getting Complex Surgeries. Often It Doesn’t End Well.

ImageCreditStuart Briers People over 65 represent roughly 16 percent of the American population, but account for 40 percent of patients undergoing surgery in hospitals — and probably more than half of all surgical procedures. Those proportions are likely to increase as the population ages and more seniors consider surgery, including procedures once deemed too dangerous […]

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A Nursing Home Chain’s Collapse Leaves the Government on the Hook

The cracks in the foundation of a Chicago nursing-home business began to appear almost immediately. The owners stopped making mortgage payments on their crown jewel, the Rosewood Care Centers, barely a year after buying it in 2013. Paperwork about the chain’s finances was never filed with the government. Some money meant for the 13 nursing […]

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