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Skin is in

Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Keeping the bedsores at bay is about much more than body-turning protocols. Helping residents and their families understand the importance of skin health can make fighting unnecessary skin breakdown a group effort.

White House Conference on Aging agenda items recommended by associations

Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Leaders in organizations representing seniors housing and services providers share with Long-Term Living their wish lists for the upcoming White House Conference on Aging. Do you agree with their picks?

Winter depression in the elderly can be SAD

Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

In long-term care, residents can experience symptoms of seasonal depression, which might go unrecognized unless caregivers and families keep a watchful eye.

Study questions benefits of computerized brain exercise

November 26, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

A study questions some of the benefits of computerized cognitive training for older adults.


SNFs, hospice and home health programs prominent in OIG work plan for 2015

November 25, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The billing, hiring, care-provision and deficiency-correction practices of nursing homes, hospices and home health programs are among the areas to be targeted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General in 2015.

Simulation suit mimics effects of old age

November 25, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

A long-term care financial company hopes that a simulation suit that mimics the effects of the aging process will raise awareness on the need to prepare for the future.


Invacare’s executive chairman announces retirement

November 24, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Mal Mixon has grown Invacare Corp. from a domestic manufacturing/distribution company into a global leader of home and long-term care medical products.

New sleep monitor system is touch-free, connects to smartphone

November 24, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

This new, non-contact sleep monitor combines a monitor, a web app and iPhone connectivity.


CDC reputation declines but is still high among poll-takers

November 24, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Public perception of the job being done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has dropped this year compared with last year, according to results of a new Gallup poll, but the agency remains among the most highly regarded by survey respondents.

New blood test uncovers hidden microbes

November 24, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

A new test can quickly diagnose infections in the bloodstream without requiring a culture.


SNF residents evacuated in Buffalo blizzard

November 21, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Emergency planning and preparation are keys to surviving a natural disaster; the recent six- to 10-foot snowfall in upstate New York serves as a punishing reminder.

Optimus EMR adds secure access, barcode verification to EHR

November 21, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

Optimus EMR is adding mobile secure access and barcode verification to its electronic health record.

CMS appoints new data chief

November 21, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services creates a new position to deal with the growing reliance on healthcare data.


Sales versus marketing

November 24, 2014     Luke Fannon

As more communities feel the economic pressure to sell units and maintain census, the focus increasingly is on sales and marketing teams.

Residents' new wheels

November 24, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Independence is a great feeling, especially for those whose mobility is compromised by physical impairments, age, frailty or other healthcare issues. What better gift can be given than that of hope?

Check before inviting a resident on an outing

November 17, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Residents need to have a change of scene occasionally. Check to see that there is room to include another passenger. A few questions and a little legwork can avoid a resident letdown.

Personal resident alarms: More protection or more risk?

November 12, 2014     Alan C. Horowitz, RN, JD

More personal alarm-based safety devices for aren't always betterfor the residents or the organization. The wrong strategy can make bed and chair alarms a liability instead of a protection.