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Gearing up for OSHA lifting policy changes

Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is about to get tougher on injuries casued by lifting- and transferring-related activities. Here's how to rework your lifting protocols and educate your staff.

SNFs repond to the new MDS-focused survey process

Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Have you experienced this new surveyor process yet? Be ready for scrutiny of your ADL services and documentation.

2015 OPTIMA Award: A breath for life

Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

This year's OPTIMA Award winner, Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Briarwood, N.Y., has slashed its hospitalizations despite having one of the highest acuity rates in its region. Long-Term Living's Pamela Tabar spent two days visiting the site and learning how the SNF is using collaborative care teams, customized electronic documentation and early-intervention tools to keep its unique resident population out of the hospital.

CMS announces initiative to improve care in nursing homes

August 27, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor
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The new initiative provides funding to would allow nursing homes to test a new payment model.

Study: Memory problems may start three years before dementia diagnosis

August 27, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor
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New research finds residents may start losing their memory as many as three years before they're diagnosed with dementia.

Illinois passes law allowing family video surveillance, monitoring in resident rooms

August 27, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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State lawmakers have made it legal for residents and their families to install their own “granny cams” and other recording devices in resident rooms to monitor care and other activities.

NADONA’s Dornberger nominated to antibiotics council

August 26, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
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In a concentrated effort to halt the spread and severity of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, an advisory council will be assembled to combat this serious health threat

2015 World Alzheimer Report: 5 stats you should know

August 26, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor
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Alzheimer's Disease International has released its 2015 report on the global impact of dementia.

LeadingAge exec appointed to IOM health policy board

August 26, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor
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Robyn Stone, DrPH , is the senior vice president at LeadingAge and the executive director of the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research

SNF consultancy startup earns capital investment

August 26, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor
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Janus Choice, LLC helps improve the hospital discharge process and helps patients select the right skilled nursing facility.

MA nursing homes must meet standards to advertise dementia care

August 25, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor
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Massachusetts nursing homes are no longer allowed to advertise memory care services unless they meet specific state standards for care. Will this become a trend nationwide?

Federal court upholds wage laws for home health workers

August 25, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor
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The law guarantees overtime and minimum wage protection to home healthcare workers.

Study: Working long hours increases stroke risk

August 24, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor
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People putting in long hours at work may be increasing their chance of stroke by one-third.

Blogs

The anatomy of a team

August 27, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

What does “cross-discipline team care” really mean? The 2015 OPTIMA Award winning site has created a model for reducing hospitalizations by involving every staffer—from physicians and nurses to the housekeeping staff—in the endeavor of quality care for an extremely high-acuity resident population.

Power chair challenges: Part 2

August 24, 2015     Kathleen Mears

In Part 1, resident blogger Kathleen Mears shared her frustration when a motorized wheelchair did not accommodate her needs or became inoperable. In this installment, she shares more impacts when her assistive device doesn't work as it should.

The buzz on granny drones

August 20, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Technology has contributed to improved healthcare, communication and convenience, but is it going too far in devaluing the human experience. Granny may be drones on the horizon.

Power chair challenges: Part 1

August 17, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Battery-operated wheelchairs can improve a resident’s quality of life. But what happens when it goes on the fritz?