Baby Boomer Guide to Nursing Home Care—National Senior Citizens Law Center’s comprehensive new nursing home guide explains the many laws that protect nursing home residents, and gives practical advice on how residents and their families can obtain the best nursing home care possible. The Baby Boomer’s Guide is written in straightforward, user-friendly terms, for use by residents and their families and friends. It also is a useful reference for attorneys, social workers, nursing home operators, or others with a personal or professional interest in nursing home care. For more information, visit: http://www.nsclc.org.
Cost of Family Caregiving to Employers Estimated to be $33.6 Billion—MetLife Mature Market Institute and the National Alliance for Caregiving have released an updated report on the productivity losses to U.S. businesses due to family caregiving. The study estimated costs associated with replacing employees, absenteeism, crises in care, workday interruptions, supervisory time, unpaid leave and reducing hours from full time to part time to determine an overall cost to employers of $33.6 billion. The study estimates there are more than seven million employed caregivers who work full time and also have intense caregiving responsibilities, and approximately 16 million full-time working caregivers with any caregiving responsibilities. Recommendations to reduce the cost of caregiving are offered, such as implementing flextime, respite programs, and options for long-term care insurance. For more information, visit: www.caregiver.org.
A new online tool from the report authors allows employers to estimate the financial impact of family caregiving responsibilities within their own businesses. The tool calculates the different types of costs associated with family caregiving, such as absenteeism and replacement costs. For more information, visit: www.eldercarecalculator.org.
Easy-to-Read Booklets on Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Loss—The National Institute on Aging is offering two free booklets for people with limited literacy skills to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. The booklets provide basic information about the difference between mild forgetfulness and more serious memory problems (such as the signs of Alzheimer’s disease), treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other memory problems, and how to get help to care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory loss. For more information, visit: http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers.
U.S. Nursing Homes Rated —The “Nursing Homes: Business as Usual,” appeared in the September 2006 issue of Consumer Reports and found the best place for consumers to start looking for a nursing home is an independent, not-for-profit establishment. The report found not-for-profit nursing home patients received more attention from staff - an average of an hour more a day and two hours more a day of time with registered nurses. Consumer Reports looked at staffing levels, quality indicators and recent state inspection reports for about 16,000 nursing homes across the country, recommending that families searching for a nursing home look at the home’s owner and read reports on the home by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and ombudsman complaints. Paying unannounced visits with careful attention to meals and services is also suggested. For more information, visit the Consumer Reports website at http://www.consumer reports.org/cro/health-fitness/nurs ing-home-guide/0608_nursing-home-guide.htm.
Conferences & Trainings
18th Annual Challenges in Geriatric Practice Conference
February 16-17, 2007
Chapel Hill, NC
2007 International Research Conference on Social Security
March 5-7, 2007
ASA/NCOA 2007 Annual Conference
March 7-10, 2007
Family Caregiving Pre-Conference
March 6, 2007
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