Top Stories

Sense and reason prevail at CMS

Bob Gatty

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is set to drop doctors’ face-to-face narrative requirement for home health coverage.

Alzheimer's disease research highlights prevalence, detection, treatment

Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Several studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark, shed light on the prevalence, detection and treatment of the disease.

The 12 steps of QAPI: Step 10: Plan, conduct and document PIPs

Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM

QAPI expert Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM, offers valuable resources and advice on establishing performance improvement projects to remedy problems in care practices.

Effect of Mediterranean diet on cognitive decline varies by race: study

July 22, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The Mediterranean diet may have broad health benefits, but its effect on cognitive decline differs among race-specific populations, according to a new study.

Fall risk: Older adults safer when walking for pleasure rather than necessity

July 22, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Older adults are at a greater danger of falling when walking for utilitarian purposes such as shopping and appointments than when walking for recreation, according to a new study.

105-year-old resident throws first pitch at baseball game

July 21, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

A retirement community's staff members help a resident become the oldest person to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a professional baseball game.

21 incontinence measures added to national database

July 18, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The National Quality Measures Clearinghouse database of the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is adding 21 evidence-based quality measures related to urinary incontinence.

Gardens benefit those with dementia

July 18, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Gardens in long-term care settings promote relaxation, stimulate memories, encourage activity and reduce agitation among residents who have dementia, a new study finds.

Face may hold clues to heart, lung issues

July 17, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Residents whose range of facial expressions seems decreased may be cluing you in on a serious heart or lung problem, according to new research. The findings may prove helpful as more consultations are performed using telemedicine technology, the authors say....

AOD acquires Stratis, adds home care

July 17, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Two software services companies join forces to offer end-to-end software solutions and to include home care in the data continuum.

Consider art therapy for residents with Parkinson's disease

July 17, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

People with Parkinson's are more creative than those who don't have the disease, so art-related activities can enable them to fully express themselves and be more socially engaged, according to an author of a new study.

Senior volunteers wanted for Alzheimer prevention trial

July 17, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

A soon-to-launch five-year study to prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease for high-risk individuals will seek volunteers to join the trial in early 2015.

Sleep problems may signify Parkinson’s disease

July 16, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Vivid, violent dreams may be one indication that the neurodegenerative disease is in someone's future, according to new research.


Unanswered call lights

July 21, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Is it an emergency? Does the resident need assistance? Is it an equipment malfunction? These questions cannot be answered unless staff responds to call lights.

Doctor at a distance

July 14, 2014     Kathleen Mears

We are expected to be on time for medical appointments but usually end up sitting in the waiting room. Compound that wait with a long round-trip ride and that one appointment can take all day.


Disappearing washcloths

July 7, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Everyone knows that washing machines and dryers live on a diet of socks. Long-Term Living resident blogger Kathleen Mears notes that washcloths seem to be the meal of choice of facility laundry equipment.

3 keys to facility security

July 3, 2014     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

Three steps can help long-term care facility administrators ensure that security is an integral part of their overall management plans.