On October 23, 2019, a new consumer alert icon will be present on the Nursing Home Compare website next to facilities that have had:

  1. Abuse that led to harm of a resident within the past year; and/or

  2. Abuse that could have potentially led to harm of a resident in each of the last two years.

The icon and CMS inspection results will be updated monthly. This is a welcome change when compared to the quarterly updates the site was receiving. Seema Verma, CMS Administrator, stated the information is “for incentivizing nursing homes to compete on cost and quality.”

In April 2019, CMS announced its plan for more transparency which will be done through a five-part approach to maximize safety and quality in nursing homes. The initiative emphasizes five pillars:

  • Strengthening Oversight
  • Enhancing Enforcement
  • Increasing Transparency
  • Improving Quality
  • Putting Patients over Paperwork

Click here to read more about this five-part approach.

Caring for aging parents requires special care and finding the best methods to overcome the stress, sadness, and anxiety that the child-parent role reversal inevitably brings along is usually a priority for caring children. Caring for an aging parent is no easy task. As a matter of fact, this job is of the most challenging family milestones, considering its wide array of complications, including emotional aspects, underlying family problems, elevated costs and lack of time. Nonetheless, when family members learn to collaborate as a solid team to protect the best interest of an aging family member, they become more able to improve the lives of their loved ones and avoid divergences that could cause even more stress and emotional trauma. Read more

May, also known as Healthy Vision Month, offers people living in the U.S. the perfect opportunity to prevent and address some of the most common eye problems by scheduling an eye exam. Taking good care of our eyesight should be a number-one priority at any age, because healthy vision can contribute a great deal to a safer, more active and more fulfilling lifestyle. Working in partnership with the National Eye Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages millions of Americans to improve their eye health and maintain good eyesight by undergoing a comprehensive, dilated-eye exam. Read more