Scathing New Report Reveals Texas Nursing Homes Lack Enforcement and Oversight and Recommends Closing Austin Facility

Scathing New Report Reveals Texas Nursing Homes Lack Enforcement and Oversight and Recommends Closing Austin Facility

Texas nursing homes are not being monitored enough and facilities with violations are not being properly penalized, according to a new report released by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

DADS Report

The Sunset Advisory Commission released the report earlier this month detailing issues found within the 13 state supported living centers in Texas and putting forth a number of recommendations for legislators. The report followed investigative coverage conducted by KVUE that revealed a rise in the prevalence of abuse in nursing homes across the …

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In Wake of National Nursing Home Week, Understanding How to Choose a Long Term Care Facility Is As Important As Ever

In Wake of National Nursing Home Week, Understanding How to Choose a Long Term Care Facility Is As Important As Ever

In light of National Nursing Home Week, which was celebrated May 11-17 this year, it seems prudent to discuss some current issues facing nursing homes across the state of Texas. Texas has had it’s fair share of negative light shone on nursing homes across the state, but two violent attacks in Houston long term care facilities recently brought the subject back into the spotlight again.

Do Your Research on Nursing Homes

The brutal occurrences, which left two men dead and one critically injured, bring up yet again …

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Texas Drops in Senior Health Ranking

Texas Drops in Senior Health Ranking

Texas seniors face a myriad of health problems and are stuck with some of the worst nursing home quality in the nation, according to a recent report.

Texas Falls in Ranking

The United Health Foundation released their annual Senior Health Report that ranks each state based on the health and healthcare of seniors in that state. This year, Texas ranked 41st on the list, dropping 2 spots from their ranking of 39 last year in 2013. Though the United States pays more per capita for …

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Texans Can Benefit from Long Term Care Partnership Program

Texans Can Benefit from Long Term Care Partnership Program

Have you devised a plan to pay for your health care costs in retirement? If you live in Texas, did you know that just one year of nursing home care costs more than $65,000? Are you prepared to cover that kind of cost should you suddenly need care? If not, a program exists in your state to help you plan.

Help Planning for Long Term Care

The Texas Long Term Care Partnership Program helps encourage long term care planning across the state of Texas. Long term care is becoming …

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Looking at Long Term Care Insurance? Don’t Wait to Buy.

Looking at Long Term Care Insurance? Don’t Wait to Buy.

Shopping for insurance isn’t something that should be rushed. Buying an insurance policy isn’t like buying a new shirt; it’s a process that requires a lot of serious thought and consideration.

Take Your Time, But Don’t Procrastinate

Because buying insurance is a matter that shouldn’t be taken lightly, we understand the importance of taking your time to think through all of your options before you decide. On the other hand, though, we have also found that there is a big difference between thinking through your options and …

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Top Three Reasons People Don’t Plan for Long Term Care in Retirement

Top Three Reasons People Don’t Plan for Long Term Care in Retirement

Planning for retirement is something every one thinks about. Choosing a retirement destination, managing retirement accounts, and ensuring there will be adequate income during those years are common actions for people in their 40s and 50s who are looking further down the road towards their future. Planning for long term care, though, is often left out of the equation.

Long Term Care Myths

Somehow, many people plan their retirement quite meticulously, but forget to factor in one of the biggest costs that can hit during retirement: long …

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Managing a Long Term Care Insurance Rate Increase

Managing a Long Term Care Insurance Rate Increase

It’s something no one looks forward to, but every one should be prepared for, and I’m not talking about long term care itself (although that applies, too). Premium rates on Long Term Care Insurance policies can go up and it’s up to the consumer to plan for this potential change and hedge their risk of rate increases as much as possible by buying from a good company.

Rate Increases

Long Term Care Insurance can offer some extraordinarily valuable benefits to policyholders who are looking to protect their …

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How Food Can Act as Medicine

How Food Can Act as Medicine

I came across an article recently that addresses the current health crisis happening across our nation and provides a common sense solution to help improve the health of the people of the United States and prevent the same problems from happening in the future.

Helping People with their Health

A story in the Statesman Journal recounts the experience of a woman who has spent the bulk of her career as an internist at Kaiser Permanente. For 16 years, Carmelo Mejia has helped people treat their chronic diseases …

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