The Pandemic Aftershock: Senior Living Litigation in the Wake of COVID-19

Earlier this year, the New York Times published an article1 detailing a $53 million settlement agreed to between an east coast state and the families of the residents who lived in two state-run senior living facilities during the initial COVID-19 outbreak in spring 2020. At the
time, the settlement was the first of its kind nationwide for COVID-19 litigation.

The Pandemic Aftershock: Senior LIving Litigation in the Wake of COVID-19

Combating Falls in Senior Living

Each year, roughly $50 billion is spent on medical costs related to nonfatal fall injuries, and $754 million is spent related to fatal falls.1 These numbers are staggering and do not account for the litigation cost required to defend facilities when negative outcomes occur. Every senior living facility should have a strong and detailed Falls Management Program.

Combating Falls in Senior Living

The Evolution of Cyber Risk in Senior Living Environments

Cyber risk has emerged as one such threat that cuts across all sectors and poses a very real threat to senior living organizations. Today's cyber threat actors favor multiple attack strategies, that is why a comprehensive understanding of your environment with insight into security gaps specific to the organization is so important.

The Evloution of Cyber Risk in Senior LIving

Healthcare Safe Patient Handling

With increased financial pressure and an endless cycle of uncertainty as regulations continue to evolve, many healthcare organizations are looking for ways to reduce employee injury costs, improve patient care and the work environment. Changes in healthcare have resulted in more complex care being delivered within the healthcare community.

Healthcare Safe Patient Handling Article

Meeting Staffing Challenges in Difficult Times

The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting significant challenges for many segments of the healthcare industry, including long-term care (LTC) settings such as skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and assisted living facilities (ALFs), which deliver clinical and personal care services. Maintaining appropriate staffing in senior living facilities is essential to providing a safe work environment for healthcare personnel (HCP) and safe resident care.

Staffing Challenges Whitepaper.2021

Protecting Your Organization from Cyber Attacks

Cyber, cloud computing, cookies, anti-virus, ransomware, malware, breach and hacked... the list goes on and on. Cybersecurity is something that many of us have not heard until recently, let alone dealt with. Yet here we are in a cyber-driven world. 

Protecting Your Organization from Cyber Attacks

What is a Medication Assistant-Certified?

A new and innovative option for Alabama's Senior Living facilities. This concept is not "new" to other states, but Alabama has stepped up and moved forward to bring this opportunity to the Senior Living facilities, allowing facilities to grow their staff and invest in the future of providing exceptional resident care, as well as their people.

Medication Assistant-Certified

Will your COVID-19 documentation protect your facility

Document, document, document - a phrase that is familiar in the senior living industry and many other healthcare arenas. During the COVID-19 pandemic, documentation is critical in order to provide a historical timeline of the facility's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many facilities may be at risk for lawsuits and CMS Infection Control Focused Surveys in the future, and the documentation process for providing a historical timeline of each facility's individual response is key.

COVID-19 Documentation whitepaper 5-14-20

Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As news headlines about the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease continue to increase, so has concern over its potential to affect employee welfare, disrupt global supply chains and slow business operations. Gallagher's experts are here to support you in the development and implementation of risk management policies and procedures during a pandemic.

Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Care Plans: Is your facility going in the right direction?

It seems that long-term care providers are struggling to stay the course in developing thorough, comprehensive, "person-Centered Care" plans. Amid all the numerous regulatory changes, nursing and rehabilitation facilities are attempting to find a balance between shifting the care model while also maintaining regulatory compliance.

Person Centered Care Plans

ALF and SCALF Residents: Appropriate vs. Inappropriate?

Assisted Living, Specialty Care Assisted Living, Memory Care Facility, Resident Care Homes - whatever title they go by, each state has its own set of rules and regulations for these care facilities. The criteria for admission and retention for any of these centers will vary depending on the state in which you live. The State of Alabama is no exception; it has its own set of rules and regulations; especially when it comes to admission and retention of a resident into one of its Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) and Specialty Care Assisted Livings (SCALF).

Inappropriate Residents in ALF and SCALF Whitepaper

Is my Staffing Adequate?

Will I be able to cover this shift next week? Is the weekend coverage in place? These are questions every person working in the Senior Living industry has asked. Staffing has become one of the biggest challenges encountered in the senior housing industry. Proper staffing is not only integral to the day-to-day mission and operations of providing quality care to residents, but also crucial to meeting the ever-increasing staffing-targeted regulations.

Senior Living Staff Whitepaper

Dealing with Stress in Senior Living

"Global pandemic," "COVID-19" and "mask" are all familiar terms that have become a part of our daily (and sometimes hourly) conversations with friends, family and colleagues. And, unfortunately, as COVID-19 cases increase and new restrictions are implemented in some areas, your staff may be feeling fear, stress, panic and anxiety. Developing a strategy to adequately address these feelings in the healthcare space can be daunting. Long-term care (LTC) nurses are managing the emotional wellbeing of residents along with their own personal troubles each day. Similarly, members of nursing facility staffs are under immense pressure, not to mention handling situations their profession has never experienced before.

Dealing with Stress in Senior Living