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RN staffing bill set to increase minimum hours

Judi Kulus, NHA, RN, MAT, RAC-MT, C-NE

Providing 24/7 RN coverage in nursing homes is the goal of a new bill introduced July 31. Having the most highly qualified professionals available ensures that residents receive optimal care at any hour of the day.

When domestic violence comes to the workplace

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.

OIG busts multiple home health agencies, DME companies for fraud

Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The August dog days of summer proved to be too hot for several scheming durable medical equipment and home health service providers.

CBO releases updated budget, economic outlook through 2024

August 28, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office includes projections related to spending on Medicare, Medicaid and other programs for older adults.

Fundraiser raises awareness of exercise, memory care connection

August 28, 2014     Jessie Krebs

An Erickson Living summer intern shares her experiences of planning a major fundraiser and learning valuable lessons about the importance of exercise to memory care.

Quality improvement program for assisted living released

August 27, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

A program to reduce hospital readmissions among residents of skilled nursing facilities has been adapted for use by assisted living providers.

Assisted living changes expected in California

August 27, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Lawmakers have greeted bills affecting assisted living in California with mixed reactions.

Key protein deficiency linked to early-stage dementia

August 27, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

A recent study in the United Kingdom finds that a lack of MK2/3, a naturally occurring protein, can be linked to the early signs of dementia.

Environments for Aging names remodel/renovation competition winners

August 27, 2014     Shandi Matambanadzo

This year's Environments for Aging Remodel/Renovation competition focused on resident amenities. Check out the winning project and see who was a finalist.

TV-based technology engages seniors

August 27, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

Social networking and home monitoring can be achieved using a unique TV-based technology.


EHR alerts reduce UTIs

August 27, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

Study finds that simplified electronic health record alerts can reduce urinary tract infections in residents who use catheters.


CCRC renaming effort continues

August 26, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

An initiative led by LeadingAge and Mather LifeWays has resulted in more than 100 possible new names for continuing care retirement community.

NYT scrutinizes Medicare 5-star rating system

August 26, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Medicare’s five-star rating system for skilled nursing facilities is being called out again—this time on the front page of the New York Times.


The case of the missing jewelry

August 25, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Facility life can lead to accidental loss or damage to a resident’s personal belongings as Long-Term Living’s resident blogger Kathleen Mears recently discovered.

Designing tomorrow's senior environments

August 19, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

A roomful of experts in senior living environments, architecture and interior design, editors from Long-Term Living, Environments for Aging and Healthcare Design, and Vendome Group’s conference planners gathered in Baltimore with a daunting task: choosing the very best submitted educational sessions for the 2015 Environments for Aging Conference. If your site or chain is mulling over a new construction or renovation project, the conference could be your #1 learning opportunity.

When ALS hits close to home

August 18, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Long-term care residents know the comfort that expressions of love and compassion can bring. When problems arise for family and friends, residents are eager to support others in their times of need.


Anyone for hummus?

August 11, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Appetites change, and dietary requirements might need adjustment, but meals always should be appetizing and healthful. A little creativity in the kitchen also is a plus.