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Is a Hospital in Rhode Island Pushing Your Elderly Loved One Into Short Term Care?
Over one-fifth of Medicare patients who stayed in a nursing home for 35 days or less experienced harm due to their medical care, according to a 2014 report released by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General.
That’s a fear that just may be getting bigger as more and more hospitals are starting to push elderly residents into nursing homes to finish up their care. Unfortunately, these nursing homes, while increasingly happy to take in elderly residents for short-term stays, may be less than equipped to handle the true level of care these elderly residents require. Remember: They were just in hospitals. And the nursing home was supposed to a be a temporary transition period — not a major bump in the road that damages their recovery.
The ultimate question: Why are so many hospitals seemingly pushing elderly residents into nursing homes? The answer might surprise you.
It turns out, this new trend may be occurring because of how Medicare chooses to pay for treatment. Right now, Medicare pays around 84 percent more for short-term patients than it does for residents in long-term care.
Some of the nursing home industry are shifting toward short term care (especially for-profit nursing home facilities). And, conveniently, overloaded hospitals may also be opting to recommend that elderly residents continue their short-term care in nursing homes, unaware of just how ill-prepared the homes may be.
It’s not a pretty picture. But at least there are some positive stories, too. Like the fact that the Brookdale Smithfield nursing home was recognized for improving its previously worrisome quality in a recent CMS survey.
We’re here for you if your elderly loved one is experiencing some of the above problems in a nursing home in Rhode Island. Our belief is that while the problems may be wide and plentiful, the culprit of severe and deadly nursing home abuse and neglect can all be traced back to dangerous or negligent nursing homes. We encourage you to read up on the signs of dangerous nursing homes.