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Reduce antibiotic misuse

Beth Thomas Hertz

Antibiotic misuse is a growing problem in skilled nursing settings. The Centers for Dissease Control & Prevention have issued new recommendations to improve infection prevention programs.

AHCA/NCAL opening session: Team leadership, quality improvement needed in changing times

Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The opening general session of the AHCA/NCAL Annual Conference and Expo focused on the importance of cross-discipline teamwork, with special highlights on the role of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Recruiting young talent and the tech factor

Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

How can organizations attract, engage and retain the next generation of caregivers? Hint: Technology is your friend, not your enemy in helping caregivers get the job done, says a long-term care COO.

Calif. governor signs 'right to die' bill

October 6, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

The controversial bill will allow physicians in the state to prescribe life-ending medications to those with a terminal illness who wish to end their lives.

New online Alzheimer’s course for direct care staff

October 6, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

The National Certification Board for Alzheimer Care (NCBAC),  an allied healthcare board certification organization for professional caregivers,  caregivers Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

Indiana nursing home fires COO, CFO resigns

October 5, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

Indiana-based American Senior Communities conitinues executive shake up following FBI raid. 

Sabra REIT acquires nine senior living facilities for $84.7M

October 5, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Five facilities are memory care facilities in Illinois and assisted living units in Washington and Oregon.

AARP Innovation Fund aims to improves lives of seniors with tech

October 5, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

AARP and J.P. Morgan Asset Management will provide $40 million in assets to companies focusing on improving the lives of people ages 50 and older.

West Virginia shows residents it cares

October 2, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

New screening program finds caregiver applicants wanted for out-of-state crimes. WV DHHR says conducting state and federal background checks are important to patient safety.

CMS releases v1.13 of the RAI User's Manual

October 2, 2015     Lisa Hohlbein, RN, RAC-MT, CDP, CADDCT

The newly released RAI includes ICD-10 coding information and other clarifications.

Man sues nursing home for infection resulting in penile amputation

October 2, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

Man alleges gross negligence against a nursing home for failing to treat a catheter infection that led to gangrene and life-threatening septic shock. 

ALFA launches advocacy fund to support state-level issues

October 1, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

ALFA starts a fundraising campaign to support advocacy and engagement at state chapters.

Not all brain functions wane with age, researchers discover

October 1, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Cognitive decline has long been associated with brain plaque and lessened neurological activity, but some parts of the brain actually increase activity as they age. Can scientists harness this for future Alzheimer's therapies?


Achy afternoons

October 5, 2015     Kathleen Mears

As we age, our bodies send signals that it wants to rest and regroup. For some residents, however, comfort involves more than putting one’s feet up or taking a nap.

A genetic cause

September 28, 2015     Kathleen Mears

In addition to her paralysis, resident blogger Kathleen Mears has other medical issues to deal with. She shares her story about battling breast cancer.

Resident smoking policies

September 25, 2015     Alan C. Horowitz, JD, RN

Where there's smoke.... If you allow your residents to light up, don’t get burned by your safety policies. Long-Term Living's legal expert Alan C. Horowitz explains CMS rules on resident smoking and shares strategies for safe smoking policies.

A malfunctioning power chair and the loss of independence

September 21, 2015     Kathleen Mears

A power chair represents freedom to someone with a disability. But if the mechanism fails, losing that mobility can be frustrating.