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SKILLED NURSING IS NOT ASSISTED LIVING

A Guide to Long-Term Care Housing Options
                                        

How is assisted living different from skilled nursing?  What about six-bed facilities for seniors? There are   many choices when it comes to long-term care for seniors – and different regulations. Some providers offer medical assistance while others do not.  Learn more 

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Eighty-two percent of patients admitted to skilled nursing
facilities receive care and rehabilitation that enables them to be discharged within 90 days.

Source: 2014 OSHPD Utilization Data

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Long Term Care Needs on the Rise  (8/14)
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 70 percent of Baby Boomers will need to access some form of long-term care services during their lifetime


Best Practices in Skilled Nursing Centers
Each year, CAHF honors unique programs that enhance quality of life for our residents. See some examples of these award-winning practices here.

Our latest videos feature a working produce farm at a nursing home in Arroyo Grande, a music program to reduce the unnecessary use of antipsychotic medication near San Diego, an ilounge in Concord and other trends and innovations.   

If you have a successful resident-centered program in your facility let us know! We'll consider featuring it here. 


PBS Newshour - Coordinated Care Initiative
PBS looks at California's efforts to better manage the health care of older residents who are dually enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare.  Video


CA Among Top Ten States in 2014 AARP/SCAN Scorecard
In an annual scorecard on long-term services and supports for older adults, caregivers and people with disabilities, California ranks ninth overall in comparison to other states.  2014 Scorecard

Working Hard to Improve Patient Care
The SCAN Foundation, an independent not-for-profit charitable foundation -  with a mission focused exclusively on long-term care -  issued a report in Jan. 2012 entitled Nursing Facilities in California highlighting improvements in the delivery of long-term care services.  Read how California nursing facilities scored better than the national average in staffing, turnover and number of deficiencies.

CAHF Advocacy
CAHF strives to provide a credible, respected voice for long-term care with elected officials, state agencies, stakeholder organizations, print, broadcast and social media.

CAHF also works to improve the public’s understanding of long-term care through ongoing campaigns which include promotion of long-term care issues through the news
media, advertising, and partnerships with community groups
and related organization.
 

Above right - In a display of virtual advocacy, staff and residents at Hy-Lond Golden Living Center in Fresno met with Assembly Member Jim Patterson (R) Fresno, in February, 2013. The GOP lawmaker offered congratulations to 60 audience members, following their receipt of a 2012 national Silver Quality Award from the American Health Care Association- one of only four awarded in California.  Patterson also connected with a former college professor, who is now a resident at Hy-Lond.

See more pictures of lawmakers and CAHF members

 

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Keeping Up
Inspiring Video Celebrates Active AgingBrad and John

Get involved with Age of Champions, an inspiring video celebrating healthy aging. Meet some competitors in the National Senior Olympics.  Learn more


Lawsuits Do Not Improve Nursing Home Care
It stands to reason that a good nursing facility should face less of a threat of lawsuits that a poor performer, but that's not the case.  A 2011 study in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes higher quality nursing homes get sued almost as often as lower quality facilities.


Community Based Care Captures Most Medicaid Dollars
California is in the top 10 states when it comes to putting Medicaid dollars into home and community-based care versus skilled nursing care.  Kaiser Family Foundation


Getting Grandma Wired
The NetSquared community recently posted a list of social media websites that are suitable for retired folks who want to stay active online.  Here's a link to the article.


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