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It’s Not Apples to Apples: What State Nursing Home Data Do (and Don't) Tell Us
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It’s Not Apples to Apples: What State Nursing Home Data Do (and Don’t) Tell Us

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) is a tremendous resource for tracking long-term care data and policy, COVID-related and beyond. On this episode, KFF senior policy analyst Priya Chidambaram chats about the latest nursing home data on vaccines and COVID, the limitations of state comparisons, and the process of collecting LTC data.

Interview recorded May 3, 2021 […]

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It’s Not Apples to Apples: What State Nursing Home Data Do (and Don't) Tell Us
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2021-05-05T16:40:59-04:00

‘People Got Scared’: Life as a CNA in a COVID-Ravaged Nursing Home

Direct care workers are a critical yet undervalued part of the long-term care system. On this episode, Desma Reaves, a certified nursing assistant and delegate for the healthcare workers union 1199SEIU upstate New York, chats about her experiences as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in COVID-ravaged nursing home, the difficult tradeoffs faced by nursing home […]

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'People Got Scared': Life as a CNA in a COVID-Ravaged Nursing Home
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2021-03-29T10:12:15-04:00

The Collateral Damage is an Intended Consequence

Geriatrician and researcher Dr. Nathan Stall has been on the front line serving Ontario’s long-term care residents both as a physician and a researcher, advocating for more humane COVID visitation policies and other critical resident rights. In the interview we discuss the collateral COVID damage for nursing home residents, Canada vs. U.S. LTC COVID outcomes, […]

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The Collateral Damage is an Intended Consequence
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2021-03-15T19:56:54-04:00

How Ombudsmen Are a Conduit for Nursing Home Residents

This two-part episode examines the evolving role of long term care ombudsmen during the COVID-19 pandemic. In part one, Pamela Mickens, Staff Long-Term Care Ombudsman with the Senior Source in Texas, discusses how ombudsmen serve as a conduit for residents and families. In part two (22:00), Texas State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Patty Ducayet chats about […]

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How Ombudsmen Are a Conduit for Nursing Home Residents
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2020-12-22T11:12:11-05:00

What’s the Difference Between Nursing Homes and Assisted Living?

LTCCC executive director Richard Mollot takes us back to the basics and explains the difference between:

  • Nursing homes and Assisted Living facilities (1:25)
  • Medicare and Medicaid (7:50)
  • Ownership type: Non-profit vs. For-profit vs. Government facilities (11:25)
  • Staffing positions: RN vs. CNA vs. LPN vs. LVN (16:00)

Note: Episode recorded July 2020

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2020-12-07T12:36:12-05:00

What Happened in Room 10? Journalist Katie Engelhart on the COVID Outbreak at Life Care Center & Her New Book, “The Inevitable”

Journalist Katie Engelhart joins the Nursing Home 411 Podcast to discuss her investigative report on the COVID outbreak at Life Care Center in Kirkland, the experiences of the residents at the facility, and what the outbreak revealed about the systemic problems in U.S. nursing homes. Katie also chats about her new book, “The […]

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What Happened in Room 10? Journalist Katie Engelhart on the COVID Outbreak at Life Care Center & Her New Book, “The Inevitable”
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2020-10-21T14:30:52-04:00

It’s All About the Money: Attorney Ernie Tosh on Leveraging Nursing Home Data in the Courtroom

Texas-based attorney Ernie Tosh joins the show to discuss the relationship between nursing home finances, staffing, and resident care. Tosh also shared tips on using public nursing home data and chatted about his career path to becoming a data-driven attorney advocating for nursing home residents.

Note: Interview recorded April 22, 2020.

Background reading and references:

  • Nursing Home 411 Podcast
    It's All About the Money: Attorney Ernie Tosh on Leveraging Nursing Home Data in the Courtroom
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2020-09-22T19:05:54-04:00

Why LTC Residents are Facing Heightened Voting Barriers this Election

The 2020 U.S. presidential election is fast approaching, but many long-term care residents, cut off from the outside world, may not get a vote. Professor Nina Kohn joins the show to discuss voting barriers in long-term care settings and explain why it’s imperative that residents’ voting rights are protected in this election. Kohn — a […]

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Why LTC Residents are Facing Heightened Voting Barriers this Election
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2020-09-08T20:35:35-04:00

‘It takes a team. A family’: How a Baltimore nursing home has kept out the coronavirus

The Maryland Baptist Aged Home, a small black-owned West Baltimore nursing home, is beating the odds during the pandemic and has kept its COVID-19 case count at zero. Johana Walburn, the nursing home’s administrator, joins the show to talk about the infection control practices and socially distanced activities that have helped keep Maryland Baptist’s residents […]

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‘It takes a team. A family’: How a Baltimore nursing home has kept out the coronavirus
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2020-08-11T17:35:46-04:00

‘The Eyes, Ears, and Voice’: Why Nursing Home Visitation Saves Lives

Many long term care residents have gone more than 100 days without seeing their families because of COVID-19 visitation restrictions. On this episode of the Nursing Home 411 Podcast, we hear from families about their challenges connecting with loved ones during the pandemic and how visitation restrictions have prevented them from providing essential services. Next […]

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‘The Eyes, Ears, and Voice’: Why Nursing Home Visitation Saves Lives
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2020-08-22T03:13:20-04:00

Dr. Charlene Harrington on the Perils of Nursing Home Privatization

Dr. Charlene Harrington, a renowned researcher of long-term care, talks about the perils of nursing home privatization and how the privatized system has shaped the COVID-19 response in the United States. Dr. Harrington also discusses the similarities between the long-term care systems in the U.S. and United Kingdom, and how they both differ from Norway’s […]

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Dr. Charlene Harrington on the Perils of Nursing Home Privatization
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2020-06-02T13:22:54-04:00

The Hidden Costs of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

Richard Mollot, LTCCC’s executive director, joins the show to talk about the hidden costs of COVID-19 and why resident abuse and neglect have been going unchecked. Mollot also discusses new federal requirements for facilities to report COVID-19 cases, fatalities, and other critical information.

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2020-05-22T20:56:07-04:00

Why Nursing Home Ombudsmen are ‘the Best Kept Secret’

Gloria Murray, ombudsman program director with LTCCC, talks about the role of ombudsmen as mediators and advocates for long term care residents. Murray also discusses the challenges facing ombudsman programs and chats about her career journey from nursing, to sales, to her current position as Hudson Valley’s ombudsman program director.

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2020-05-07T20:29:20-04:00

Mice, Mold, and Mystery Debris: Journalist Marjie Lundstrom on the Rampant Food Safety Violations in Nursing Homes

Journalist Marjie Lundstrom joins the show to chat about her FairWarning investigation on rampant food safety violations in nursing homes, and how this troubling trend ties into COVID-19. We also discuss what it’s like reporting on the nursing homes as a journalist, and Marjie offers a few tips for those writing about the industry.

Background reading […]

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Mice, Mold, and Mystery Debris: Journalist Marjie Lundstrom on the Rampant Food Safety Violations in Nursing Homes
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2020-05-07T20:30:23-04:00

How Defensive Documentation Puts Residents At Risk

Jeanette Sandor, RN and legal nurse consultant, joins the Nursing Home 411 podcast to talk about nursing home negligence cases, the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law, defensive documentation, and why families of residents should keep a journal.

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2020-05-07T20:30:32-04:00

‘Look, Listen, and Smell’: Attorney Deborah Truhowsky’s Tips For Detecting Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

Deborah Truhowsky, an attorney and leading advocate for nursing home residents, joins the Nursing Home 411 podcast to discuss misconceptions about nursing home resident rights and warning signs of abuse and neglect.

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2020-05-07T20:29:56-04:00

How COVID-19 is Exposing the Infection Control Problem

LTCCC’s Executive Director Richard Mollot and Policy Attorney Dara Valanejad join the show to discuss COVID-19 and how infection control issues have plagued nursing home facilities long before the current pandemic. We also chat about the problems posed by newly implemented visitation restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

Background reading and references:

  • Nursing Home 411 Podcast
    How COVID-19 is Exposing the Infection Control Problem
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2020-05-07T20:30:41-04:00
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