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Comfort focus improves lives of those with advanced dementia

Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Prioritizing comfort in the care of residents with advanced dementia enabled one nursing home to reap many rewards for residents and their families, the community and staff members. Its innovative model was detailed in a Sept. 8 workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine.

One-on-one with… Robert (Robb) White

Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Long-term care organizations would be wise to reevaluate their dining programs to satisfy the adventurous and sophisticated palates of the new, senior population. One noted chef shares his philosophy and vision of wedding good nutrition with high-end culinary options.

Your unused drugs can benefit your facility, those in need

Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities seeking to improve efficiencies and finances while helping the less fortunate and contributing to sustainability efforts may find an ally in a California-based nonprofit organization. 

4 ways to fight urinary incontinence

September 16, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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You'll want to share with female residents this new evidence-based clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians, and it may affect the way you care for those with urinary incontinence.

Older adults advised to get extra protection against pneumonia

September 16, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
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While two pneumonia vaccines are recommended to seniors for optimal protection, will cost/coverage discourage them from receiving the second vaccine?

Group releases nursing home report card

September 15, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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Where do nursing homes provide the most hours of care and the highest levels of staffing? Find out what Families for Better Care says in its latest rankings.

Google buys maker of anti-tremor spoon

September 15, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski
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Google acquires maker of high-tech spoon for those with hand tremors.

Apple iOS offers new clinical data sharing platform

September 15, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski
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Developers of mHealth apps running on iOS now have a new data-sharing platform with which to work.

 

ADL difficulty points to LTSS need, researchers say

September 12, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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Almost half of Medicare beneficiaries aged at least 65 years, among them nursing home residents, reported trouble or the need for assistance with activities of daily living in a recent study.

New technology detects infections within hours

September 12, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski
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A study confirms that a new technology can detect infections faster than traditional methods.

 

Providers get new tools to help manage Type 2 diabetes

September 12, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski
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An online portal provides healthcare providers with a toolkit to help residents mange their Type 2 diabetes.

 

CMS eases back into recovery audits

September 11, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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After months of a pause mode due to backlogs in the appeals process, CMS has reinstated the recovery audit contractor (RAC) review process.

AT&T launches remote monitoring service

September 11, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski
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AT&T's new in-home monitoring service will connect caregivers to their loved ones.

 

Blogs

Personal expense allowance

September 15, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Living on a budget is hard for anyone. It takes discipline. Imagine if you had less than $100 a month to meet your needs, let alone your wants.

Post substitute menu selections

September 8, 2014     Kathleen Mears

“Choice.” It is the magic word of culture change. What happens when residents are not given enough choices, especially at mealtimes?

Dealing with heel pain

September 2, 2014     Kathleen Mears

If a resident tells you he or she is uncomfortable in a bed or chair, listen and see what can be done to remedy the situation. Long-Term Living blogger Kathleen Mears’ caregivers were on their toes and prevented a skin issue from becoming more serious.

When domestic violence comes to the workplace

August 26, 2014     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

Do your employees and administrators know what to do when someone's domestic violence problems follow them to work? Long-Term Living's safety expert explains what facilities can do to protect themselves and others.