Criminals in Nursing Homes

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

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.

Soundproofing Your Vehicle

February 23rd, 2011

Have you ever found yourself cringing at the loud sounds coming from the cars of those who seem to be unable to find their volume control switches? The good news is that soundproofing your car with mass loaded vinyl can lessen the sound. The bad news is that if you’re this guy, you’ll still be making quite a bit of noise. Check it out!

Hartfordshire Warner Brothers Studios Demolished

February 16th, 2011

The scene at the Warner Brothers studio in Hartfordshire at first seems grim. At least seven different sets, including those used for Harry Potter and James Bond movies, are currently being demolished.

Why? The good news is that the studio isn’t closing. In fact, the group is working to strop ceilings and soundproofing material in order to make room for new sets to be built.  The hope is that they can keep the exterior building frames for some of the buildings can be recycled for use in other hit movies.

Residents Paying Millions for Nursing Home Space

February 9th, 2011

In other news, we’ve recently realized just how desperate the elderly are becoming as they search for quality long-term care. The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported that future residents of elderly homes are putting up bonds valued at more than $2 million in order to ensure they’ll have space in a home later in life.

This amount is realistically unreasonable. By the time they’re done paying the bonds they will have spent an amount that is at least 2-3x what they would actually pay for the care itself.

Sounds like the government needs to focus a bit more on making sure there is space so that everyone can receive care. This type of financial abuse is simply unacceptable.

Creating a Soundproof Fence

February 4th, 2011

Have you ever spent time out in your yard only to find your peaceful bliss interrupted by the sound of your neighbors having a loud conversation, arguing, or simply enjoying their own space? The good news is that while you can’t block all of Mother Nature’s sounds, you can reduce the noise from your neighbors by building a soundproof fence.

How? Simply add some mass loaded vinyl as a sound absorber. This video will give you a quick walk-through.

California Law Mandates Display of Federal Ratings

January 26th, 2011

California is the first state in the country to pass a law making it mandatory for all nursing homes to display their federal rating reports. Nursing homes can receive up to 5 stars, and the ratings (handed out by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) must now be prominently displayed.

The ratings are based on health inspections, results of health complaints, staffing hours, and the quality of care. Many advocates against the bill argue that these things are difficult to judge.

What we’d really like to know is what nursing homes plan to do to reduce noise and create calmer environments for their patients. Maintenance staff could easily grab a few Green Glue 5 gallon buckets and renovate the rooms, one at a time. Perhaps then those in their last days could rest peacefully – without listening to their neighbors and the constant drone of machines.

Mandatory Background Checks in Nursing Homes?

January 12th, 2011

A recent article on Kentucky.com chronicled the life of a bill filed by the state senate, mandating that all nursing home employees should be subject to criminal background checks. Current state law requires nurses to undergo checks, but says nothing about administrative employees, maintenance, or those who prepare food.

Even though these employees do not necessarily have direct contact with patients, they are still in their vicinity and have indirect contact with them on a daily basis. Those living in nursing homes are often incapacitated on some level and, as such, can’t work to protect themselves – against anyone.

We’re not sure if this is as important as – say – grabbing some Green Glue tubes to take care of the sound problems that constantly plague residents but we do recognize the safety concerns at hear. What we really wished we had seen was some statistical data on the amount of nursing home abuse and neglect cause by those in non-direct-care positions.

Nursing Schools and Placentas

January 5th, 2011

A couple of excited nursing students recently thought it would be OK to take pictures of themselves posing with a placenta. They posted the pictures on Facebook and, instead of tons of glory, they got a serious kick in the gut.

What happened?

The four students involved were kicked out of school.

The case is now in courts. Apparently an instructor did not actually tell them “no” when they asked if they could take the picture. The picture did not identify the owner of the placenta, either.

The school, on the other hand, simply found the behavior unprofessional.

What do you think?

Night Shift Nurses Sleep During the Day

December 29th, 2010

As a night shift nurse, you know how difficult it is to come home and try to get some sleep while the rest of the world is just starting a new day. The following video offers some great tips for preparing your bedroom environment during the day so that it is ready for you when you arrive at home. She talks about turning off your phones, hanging dark and heavy drapes, and setting an alarm.

What she doesn’t talk about, however, is keeping the room quiet. There will be noise from others around your home and if you are a full-time nurse those noises can become distracting. Think about incorporating some Green Glue noise proofing into your next home renovation project. Adding an extra layer of drywall with this incredible compound will ensure you’re able to get a more restful night (or day) of sleep.