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Resident smoking policies

Alan C. Horowitz, JD, RN

Where there's smoke.... If you allow your residents to light up, don’t get burned by your safety policies. Long-Term Living's legal expert Alan C. Horowitz explains CMS rules on resident smoking and shares strategies for safe smoking policies.

Protecting patients with diabetes

Shridhara Alva, PhD

A simple task such as diabetes testing can open the doors to infection in a long-term care facility if not handled judiciously.

CMS releases v1.13 of the RAI User's Manual

Lisa Hohlbein, RN, RAC-MT, CDP, CADDCT

The newly released RAI includes ICD-10 coding information and other clarifications.

Man sues nursing home for infection resulting in penile amputation

October 2, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

Man alleges gross negligence against a nursing home for failing to treat a catheter infection that led to gangrene and life-threatening septic shock. 

ALFA launches advocacy fund to support state-level issues

October 1, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

ALFA starts a fundraising campaign to support advocacy and engagement at state chapters.

Not all brain functions wane with age, researchers discover

October 1, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Cognitive decline has long been associated with brain plaque and lessened neurological activity, but some parts of the brain actually increase activity as they age. Can scientists harness this for future Alzheimer's therapies?

Argentum names new COO, restructures organization

October 1, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

Argentum, formerly known as the Assisted Living Federation of America, creates new executive leadership position and restructures organization to emphasize advocacy, programs and education arms.

Pennsylvania senior care system continues to consolidate

September 30, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

With its latest agreement, Presbyterian SeniorCare targets even more ambitious partnerships to expand long-term care services in Western Pennsylvania.

Tech-savvy seniors and longevity

September 30, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

In many cases, tech-savvy seniors are healthier, but why? An Austin, Texas initiative will study the impact of tech connectivity on senior health and longevity.

CCRC can continue collecting fees pending litigation

September 30, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

The legal battle continues in North Carolina over a CCRC's fees, especially when condominiums are sold. The lawsuit claims the CCRC's fees are so excessive they violate state law.

EPA proposes new hazardous waste status for long-term care facilities

September 29, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

The EPA considers changing hazardous waste classification for LTC facility from household to healthcare facility-specific management standards.

CAE Healthcare and MedAffinity team up for EHR training partnership

September 29, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

Healthcare students and professionals will to learn to use EHR system through simulated real-world training.

Health Care REIT become Welltower

September 29, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Toledo-based Health Care REIT rebrands itself to reflect its evolving mission and synchronize with changing business models. Name change becomes official on September 30.


A genetic cause

September 28, 2015     Kathleen Mears

In addition to her paralysis, resident blogger Kathleen Mears has other medical issues to deal with. She shares her story about battling breast cancer.

A malfunctioning power chair and the loss of independence

September 21, 2015     Kathleen Mears

A power chair represents freedom to someone with a disability. But if the mechanism fails, losing that mobility can be frustrating.

Aide training days

September 14, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Nothing beats on-the-job experience. A resident, especially one with physical challenges, can teach a new CNA valuable lessons in providing care.

Kudos to caregivers

September 4, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Monday, September 7, is the annual celebration of America’s working citizens. This country was built by hard-working individuals who put their backs into their jobs.