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Side-tracked by side rails

Alan C. Horowitz, RN, JD

Side rails may sound like a great safety tool, but unless the use of side rails is properly assessed and documented, their usage can pose great risks to residents and the facility.

Partnerships@Work: 5 strategies for introducing staff to an EHR

Russell Schwartz and Theresa Sanderson

Getting staff on board with a new electronic health record (EHR) can be daunting. A Connecticut provider shares how concerted training efforts with its EHR system vendor helped ensure a smooth transition for staff and residents.

Upgrade restorative program to reduce falls

Robert Kunio

Dramatic results from a recent study indicate that integrating Progressive Resistance Exercise (PRE) into the active range of motion portion of a restorative program improves strength and balance.

NOTICE Act receives full Senate approval

July 28, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Legislation to inform Medicare beneficiaries of their outpatient status has passed through the legislative branch without a hitch. Now, it’s off to the White House.

6 resident care pitfalls for SNFs

July 28, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Six common resident care issues can become big problems for skilled nursing facility care if not dealt with carefully. The Justice in Aging organization suggests ways to confront and solve them.

Women impersonate nursing home staff, allegedly steal $11k of jewelry

July 27, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Police in North Carolina are looking for two women who suited up in hospital scrubs and allegedly stole jewelry from residents at two nursing homes.

Photo project captures the picture of joy

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

Residents at Avanti Senior Living are getting camera-ready for a new photography project about living life passionately in older years.

Long-Term Living wins Gold, Silver at national ASBPE awards

July 25, 2015     The Long-Term Living Editors

Long-Term Living's content wins big at this year's American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) national awards banquet in New York City. See which articles took the prizes!

Anthem to buy Cigna in $54B deal

July 24, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Anthem’s purchase of Cigna constitutes the largest health insurance deal in history, but regulators will be watching closely for impacts on market competition.

An eye drop that dissolves cataracts is here

July 24, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

The eye drops shrink cataracts until they are dissolved.

New Alzheimer's drugs may also help people with Parkinson's

July 24, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Drugs that target "protein misfolding" could be useful for many neurodegenerative diseases.

CMS pilots program for joint hospice/curative care

July 23, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

A new pilot program model from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will test whether hospice care and curative care should be offered simultaneously, instead of asking terminally-ill patients to choose one or the other.

Women with cognitive impairment decline faster than men

July 23, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Women with mild cognitive impairment decline twice as fast as men with the same condition.


Working at moving out: Part 3

July 27, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Mindy and CG, who live the same SNF as Long-Term Living’s resident blogger Kathleen Mears, continue to take steps to transition as a couple into the community at large.

On the road to burnout

July 20, 2015     Kathleen Mears

It happens in most professions, but the tensions that lead burnout in long-term care are magnified by the pressures—and responsibilities—of caring for people.

A fire system check can be unnerving

July 13, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Fire alarms are one of the most important protections to residents and staff to ensure their safety. But the alarm system must be checked regularly tor a faulty fire alarm system could be fatal.

Dying with a voice

July 10, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed a milestone change within its latest Physician Fee Schedule--a new billing code for advanced care planning services. Will it encourage more docs to talk about end-of-life choices?