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Why We Voluntary Blue Ribbon Industry Standards: Sunrise Assisted Living Attacked ProPublica Style - Senior Living Industry Information & Commentary:   February 26, 2014 by Steve Moran

Steve's recommended  Gold Standard

He is convinced that ALFA, LeadingAge and AHCA need to convene a blue
ribbon panel of large, medium and small operators to create some
guidelines (maybe even a certification process like The Eden Alternative
has) for assisted living.  It should include things like:

  • Initial training
  • On-going training
  • Staffing ratios
  • Medication guidelines
  • Satisfaction surveys
  • Emergency call response times
<If the> industry are unwilling to do this you can be sure there
will be more lawsuits, more regulations and the whole industry will be

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On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 11:43 AM, Doug Peck, CSA <kindnessworksllc@gmail.com> wrote:
Thanks for contacting us.
I have attached some information that I think you will
find helpful.  We do have a new website that is coming online in the
next few weeks that should be easier to navigate. 

To answer your questions, I am licensed by the state so all my
people are W2 employees, fully insured and CORI background checked.

I have 30 years prior experience in human resources and recruiting

I do all the interviews and references myself.  I also do all the client
assessments and scheduling so I can carefully match caregivers with
We do not do drug screening.

All of my employees are local seniors, many have lived in the area their whole lives and many of their references are ministers, pastors, etc.  They are very reliable and do
what they do because they really do want to work with other seniors.

My basic rate is $25 per hour with a 2 hour per day minimum. 
There are no minimum days and I have clients that I work with only once a
I do charge $.50 for mileage should they drive and pass that
completely through to the driver.  I have a copy of the drivers
insurance and their driving record.

Personally I am a Certified Senior Adviser, a board member of
the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce
Please feel free to give me a call if you would like additional information or you would like to meet at some point.

 There are many resources for older adults and those who care for them.

Doug Peck, CSA


Ask Me 3 | National Patient Safety Foundation

Ask Me 3 | National Patient Safety Foundation:

 Ask Me 3 is a patient education program designed to improve communication between patients and health care providers, encourage patients to become active members of their health care team, and promote improved health outcomes. The program encourages patients to ask their health care providers three questions:

What is my main problem?

What do I need to do?

Why is it important for me to do this?

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When Medicare Will Pay for Skilled Nursing or Physical Therapy - Howard Gleckman

When Medicare Will Pay for Skilled Nursing or Physical Therapy - Howard Gleckman:


Two weeks ago, the government updated the Medicare manual—the
official guidelines for providers. And it has begun an extensive
educational campaign to help them understand the rules. Yet, it is
important that consumers know about this new interpretation as well.

What does this mean? Imagine you have a severe stroke. Before Jimmo,
most people thought Medicare would pay for physical therapy only as
long as that PT was helping you get better. For instance, Medicare would
pay if therapy helped increase the number of steps you could walk
without assistance. Now, Medicare will pay for PT even if it only helps
you maintain your current ability to walk

other restrictions still apply. For instance, Medicare will only pay for skilled nursing care after a patient has been hospitalized for at least three days. And, at least for now, a patient who is in a hospital for observation but has not been formally admitted does not qualify. Medicare will pay for no more than 100 days of skilled care after a hospitalization. And Medicare will not pay for skilled care if needed services can be provided by the patient herself, her family, or by home health aides.