Archive for March, 2011

Easy Soundproofing with Whisper Clips

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

We talk a lot about hospitals and nursing homes and their need for better soundproofing. While we do talk about Green Glue very frequently, it is important to recognize that there are other useful soundproofing materials on the market as well.

This video showcases whisper clips and will give you an idea of how easy they are to install. Check it out!

4 Hartford Area Nursing Homes to Close

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Last week a Hartford court recommended the closing of 4 nursing homes in and around the Hartford area. The four homes in the ruling are owned by Omega Healthcare Investors and have fallen under the management of the Genesis Healthcare group for the past few years.

The homes were originally owned by Haven Healthcare, a group that went bankrupt in 2008. The judge determined that the homes, which lost $6.5 million in 2009, could not recover and would have even greater losses if they were able to repay their debts.

The residents are to be moved to new homes and after that the homes will close.

Nursing Shortages Cause Deaths

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

According to a report published by the Mayo Clinic and its partners, facilities with high patient turnover rates and not enough personnel on the nursing staff are likely to have higher patient death levels.

The study has fueled a debate about the ratio of nurse-to-patient staffing that exists in many facilities. Some believe that there should be state or federal laws mandating a minimum acceptable level. The state of California has already begun instituting such a change, and a few other states are about to follow.

It just goes to show that it doesn’t matter how nice or soundproof a facility is. If there isn’t enough staff, things can definitely go awry very quickly.

Criminals in Nursing Homes

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Here are some scary statistics to consider. In a study conducted by the Office of Inspector General it was found that more than 90% of the people hired to work in nursing homes throughout the country have criminal records.

We’re not just talking petty theft crimes, either. In a sampling of employees (just one small group of those surveyed), 34 of 164 had convictions. Those 34 individuals had a total of 102 convictions. They’d been convicted of property crimes, assault, drug charges, and other offenses.

Scary, isn’t it?

While nursing homes are required to check criminal records, there are no laws prohibiting them from hiring people with convictions.

We’re sure, however, that these numbers will cause administrators to stop on a dime and review their procedures. There likely isn’t enough soundproofing material in the world to dull the screaming in those conference rooms!

It’s Easy to Use Green Glue

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Many look at Green Glue and instantly shy away, thinking their soundproofing projects will become too time consuming or messy to complete. The good news is that this product is much easier to use than you probably imagine. Here’s a short demonstration showing just how easy it is to apply.