Nursing Home Diaries

Nursing Homes Seem to Have:

Both good and bad aides
Caring and not caring nurses
Helpful and uninterested therapists
Responsive and non-responsive management

Sharing Information Can Help To Change Lives at a Nursing Home

I know sharing  information and exchanging ideas can help people change their lives –  that is the purpose of the Nursing Home Diaries. A website for families or residents of nursing homes to share their stories. A place to talk with others via discussion a group about what is good and what is bad at your nursing home or your loved one’s nursing home.  A place … Read the rest

I’ll Finally Be There


I’ll Finally Be There

I guess I look like a bag of bones
skin’s all wrinkled, my eyes just stare.
I sit so still, hardly moving at all
quiet as a mouse in my old wheelchair.
Inside my head memories come and go
I try to think does someone care?
I’m all alone no family left
the end must be near, I better prepare.
There must be a place
where my friends have gone
I know it’s not here, not sure where.
My eyes can’t see but my heart will know
when I leave the Nursing Home
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Top Ways Supportive Living Facilities Benefit Seniors

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Once your loved one begins to need assistance with daily tasks, you’ll want to consider supportive living facilities. These organizations are not like your typical nursing homes, and they provide considerable benefits to seniors, as well as peace of mind for loving family members.

A Level of Independence

These arrangements are designed to allow the seniors to have as much independence as possible. Many of them have private and semi-private guest rooms. Seniors are encouraged to furnish their rooms with things from their own homes, and it is common for pets … Read the rest

Common Skilled Nursing Facility Myths Debunked

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Extended care homes have a reputation for being a place no one wants to end up. That is because a skilled nursing facility here and there has had a few problems. There are several myths that have been debunked over the years, making these homes more highly regarded.

Myth #1: They Are Poorly Run

Like all businesses, some are not well managed. However, the majority are very well run, with adequate staff who continually undergo training. These accommodations are clean and well maintained. Despite who owns the home, state inspectors come … Read the rest

Alzheimer’s Care: Adaptive Strategies To Meet The Patient’s Needs

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Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease comes with a set of complex and difficult emotions for both the patient and his or her loved ones. Patients, family, friends, and caretakers go through a formidable process of both planning and grief. However, there is hope in this confusing time. The disease has received a great deal of study in recent years. Now, we better understand the progression of the condition and how to provide the best Alzheimer’s care.

Remaining at Home

Many patients and caregivers prefer to keep their loved one in

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Five Sources of Respite Care

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It is an important part of long-term care to allow caregivers the time to manage their own health and well-being. Respite care allows the nurses or companions to take short-term breaks, during which time they can attend to their own needs. This will ensure that both family members and the healthcare provider are happy and healthy.

Unlike more permanent medical facilities or nursing homes, respite care is temporary. It can take many forms: companionship, personal assistance, adult day programs, and residential programs are all types of respite care that can be

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How to Be an Effective Caregiver


There is a plethora of categories under the simple name, caregiver. Caregivers are people such as nurses, police, firefighters, teachers, pastors, priests, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and nursing home staff, to name just a few. I think it is safe to say that one who cares for another can be labeled as a caregiver for they all have the incentive to care for others.

In my experience most caregivers have similar characteristics. For instance, they usually put other’s needs before their own, have a willingness to go beyond what is required and evidence of kindness in their

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Who Will Give Long Term Care to Grandma? Or Mom? Or Me?

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In China, a law was recently passed decreeing that adult children must make regular visits to elderly parents or else run the risk of paying a fine. In Korea, the Confucian principle of filial piety serves as the philosophical ground for a culture of caring for aging parents, not only out of duty but with a sense of honor, as well. Mediterranean and Latino cultures hold no stigma against the elderly, instead celebrating the wisdom that comes with increasing years and unquestioningly including their grandparents in all social activities. Here in

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How to Choose Between the Best Nursing Homes for Your Loved One

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When considering the next step in care for your loved one, you have many options. Some older family members are able to stay comfortably in their own homes as long as they have assistance from a home care provider. Sadly, not all are able to do so and need round the clock supervision. Sending your loved one to live in one of the local nursing homes can be a difficult decision. However, there are some steps you can take to make the transition easier.


Before you start searching for the

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U.S. News & World Report Releases Best Nursing Homes 2014

Feb. 26, 2014   Full  Press Release Here

Washington, D.C. – Feb. 26, 2014 – U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals and Best Children’s Hospitals, today released its Best Nursing Homes 2014, highlighting the top nursing homes in every state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. The ratings cover almost 16,000 nursing homes nationwide and are freely available at

Now in its sixth year, U.S. News’ Best Nursing Homes is designed to help the millions of Americans who will spend time in a nursing home in 2014. According to Centers for Medicare and … Read the rest

Antipsychotic Use Continues to Decrease Among Long-Stay Nursing Home Residents

Washington, D.C. —The national prevalence of antipsychotic medication use in long-stay nursing home residents continues to decline, a report by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shows.  According to data compiled by the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes –  a public-private coalition under the direction of CMS –  18.7 percent of long-stay nursing home residents were receiving an antipsychotic medication in the first quarter of 2015 compared with 23.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, representing a 21.7 percent decrease.

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