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OSHA inspections add focus on nursing risks

Megan Combs, Associate Editor

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration expanded its inspections to include musculoskeletal injuries related to patient or resident handling and four other risks to nurses.

Survival of the fittest

It’s never too late to start taking care of the body that takes care of you. Maintaining strength, muscle tone and confidence are instrumental in positive aging.

Why pharmacy data is key to your SNF’s future

Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Still think pharmacy is just an “ancillary service”? Better think again. New standards are coming to put pharmacy data in a front-seat role in senior care delivery.

HIEs could improve patient outcomes for nursing homes

June 30, 2015     Richard R. Rogoski

Communication through health information exchanges could help nursing homes improve patient outcomes.

Study: Even residents not taking antibiotics experience drug-resistance effects

June 30, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

In a new JAMA study, researchers found that even residents who aren't taking antibiotics can be affected by overuse in a nursing home.

Study shows benefits of wearable ventilation technology in respiration therapy

June 30, 2015     Richard R. Rogoski

Wearable ventilation device can increase physical activity in those with chronic respiratory disease, notes a new study.

Senior housing industry experts create quality care organization

June 29, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Two long-term care industry leaders join forces to create Innovative Health LLC. 

Nurses revamp discharge summaries

June 29, 2015     Richard R. Rogoski

A project led by nurses is attempting to automate the discharge process to reduce hospital readmissions.

Detailed brain imaging advances Alzheimer's treatment options

June 29, 2015     Richard R. Rogoski

Advanced imaging technology could help treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Caregivers fired after ignoring resident injury, dragging him across the floor

June 26, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Three caregivers from Peninsula Nursing and Rehabilitation Center...

Assessment finds missing measures in Medicare's pay-for-quality programs

June 25, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

A new Avalere assessment of quality measures finds many important medical conditions are not represented in Medicare's pay-for-quality programs.

And the 2015 OPTIMA Award winner is...

June 25, 2015     The Long-Term Living Editors

So many excellent programs entered the competition for this year’s OPTIMA Award, but one program rose above the...

Fire at Mexico nursing home kills 16, injures 5

June 25, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

A fire ripped through a nursing home in Mexicali, Mexico City, this week, killing 16 residents and injuring five others


Time to say goodbye

June 29, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Residents often form warm relationships with their direct caregivers. Employee turnover is not a surprise in the long-term care field, but even for the aide that is going back to school, changing jobs or beginning a family, it’s hard to say goodbye to the older resident who relied on them.

My inspirational item was a casualty

June 22, 2015     Kathleen Mears

It’s just good “housekeeping” to go purge one’s living area of unwanted, unused, broken, dated or unimportant possessions. Sometimes during downsizing, however, things can go awry.

Practicing emergency color codes

June 19, 2015    

Code Blue, Code Gray, Code Red, Code White... Do your clinical and administrative staff practice color-code emergencies?

Signs of dehydration

June 16, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

If strong, active and young people can become dehydrated, imagine how easily older adults can lose fluids if not closely monitored. Do you know the symptoms of dehydration.