Dorothy Holmes, back home with her new dog, Jack.
August 15, 2013 Some nursing home patients can go home again if they get the right, customized support. But making it happen takes time, even with organizational help from the pros. Some people need home renovations and rides to appointments. Others may need a guard dog — or a new home.
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Zach Sayne at age 5, with his mother Nola.
Courtesy of Nola Sayne
January 16, 2013 Zach Sayne, who died this month at age 25 in Alabama, never made it home to Georgia where his mother hoped he would be cared for. The story of why she couldn't move him there shows the bureaucratic traps, underfunding and lack of choices that plague state Medicaid programs.
HHS found that 19 percent of nurse aides who'd been disciplined had a prior conviction that would have shown up on a background check.
October 11, 2012 The federal government is providing more grants for nursing home background checks, but a federal investigation finds that a background check would likely flag some, but not all, of the aides who ultimately are disciplined.
The agreements offered by many nursing homes can result in higher fees and smaller awards in the case of a dispute.
September 18, 2012 Consumer advocates say people who sign the agreements pay higher fees and may get smaller awards than they would if the case were to go to court.
June 26, 2012 Consensual sex among aging residents of nursing homes can be fraught. And when those older people are showing signs of dementia, family members sometimes stand in in the way of love.
March 13, 2012 The state legislature is now mulling a change to allow trained home care aides to administer medications to Medicaid patients while working under a nurse's supervision. If the proposal becomes law, it could save the state a bundle.
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