The trouble is that nursing homes aren't really staffed to deal with people with complex medical issues, either short-term rehab or long-term residents--especially if the patients are discharged from acute care before they are really medically stable. This article does a nice job of explaining what's going on in nursing homes today. Not surprisingly, the nursing home industry claims that all this shake-up is improving care overall. This New York Times article by Katie Thomas called In Race for Medicare Dollars, Nursing Home Care May Lag provides a good overview of how nursing homes are working to attract short-term rehab patients, despite being unable to provide the care needed for complex, sub-acute patients.
Category: Breaking News in Long-term Care