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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. 

Congress: The ball is in your court

Bob Gatty

The building crisis in financing and providing effective long-term care services and supports is an ever-growing problem as discussed in a report by the Commission on Long-Term Care.

Flu vaccination low among long-term care workers

Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Flu vaccination among healthcare personnel is lowest among those working in long-term care settings, but employers can take two actions to encourage it, according to new data from the CDC.

Sunday, Sept. 21, take a walk for Alzheimer’s

September 19, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Each year organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementia.

CDC recommends 2 pneumonia vaccines for older adults

September 19, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Following a recommendation from the CDC, you'll want to ensure that residents are vaccinated against pneumonia at the same time that they receive the flu shot. The government now recommends two pneumonia vaccines.

Changes would improve end-of-life care, report says

September 17, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

A new report from the Institute of Medicine recommends several changes to the U.S. healthcare system to meet the needs of people nearing the end of life as well as the needs of their families.

How diabetes, hypertension and smoking are linked to Alzheimer's

September 17, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The 2014 World Alzheimer Report contains some advice you can share with residents.

4 ways to fight urinary incontinence

September 16, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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.


A new offering in LTC amenities: Electric charging stations

September 18, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

They never drove Model Ts, but today’s seniors did grow up on Mustangs, Corvettes and Camaros. Because of the boomers’ willingness to embrace new motoring experiences, hybrid automobiles have found a niche in the senior sector.

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.