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12 steps to QAPI: Step 11: Getting to the 'root' of the problem

Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM

When a problem is identified, QAPI Step 11 shows how to perform a root cause analysis so an effective remedy can be implemented to prevent future events and keep residents safe from harm.

How to align resources for post-acute care

Jim Bowe

A post-acute care operator needs to take advantage of seismic changes in healthcare delivery and get in the game. Here's how.

RN staffing bill set to increase minimum hours

Judi Kulus, NHA, RN, MAT, RAC-MT, C-NE

Providing 24/7 RN coverage in nursing homes is the goal of a new bill introduced July 31. Having the most highly qualified professionals available ensures that residents receive optimal care at any hour of the day.

Joint Commission issues an alert on tubing misconnection risks

August 22, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

In hospitals and long-term care settings, caregivers often have to change tubing on medical equipment. A high risk of misconnection exists because of various compatible delivery systems, so the Joint Commission has issued a Sentinel Event Alert.

Brides share wedding festivities with memory care residents

August 22, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Has your community ever hosted a marriage ceremony? One memory care center did, so that a father could participate in his daughter's celebration. At another, a bride stopped by on the way to her wedding so that the residents for whom she cared could see...

44% of assisted living residents visiting EDs have malnutrition: study

August 21, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Results of a recent study may have you thinking about offering malnutrition screening to residents, as well as helping to address underlying issues.

Direct-care worker campaign raises $3.4 million

August 21, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute is more than a third of the way to its $9 million goal in a campaign with the ultimate purpose of improving the jobs of nursing home assistants, home health aides and personal care aides.

NIH funds nursing home study

August 21, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

Use of video education is the focus of a nursing home study funded through the National Institutes of Health.


Join us for a Twitter chat Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. ET

August 20, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The interface of long-term care and home health will be the topic. Get all the details here.

Nursing home ban involves social media posts, family says

August 20, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The challenges of social media can extend beyond the actions of a long-term care community and its employees to the actions of residents' family members, as a recent lawsuit points out.

FDA approves diabetes drug

August 20, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The fixed-dose therapy combines canagliflozin and metformin hydrochloride into a single tablet to treat type 2 disease.

New software could reduce hip fractures

August 20, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

Software automatically searches medical images for tiny fractures in the spine, a sign of ongoing fracture risk.


Pressure ulcer detector under development

August 20, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

A new device shows promise in the early detection of pressure ulcers.



Designing tomorrow's senior environments

August 19, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

A roomful of experts in senior living environments, architecture and interior design, editors from Long-Term Living, Environments for Aging and Healthcare Design, and Vendome Group’s conference planners gathered in Baltimore with a daunting task: choosing the very best submitted educational sessions for the 2015 Environments for Aging Conference. If your site or chain is mulling over a new construction or renovation project, the conference could be your #1 learning opportunity.

When ALS hits close to home

August 18, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Long-term care residents know the comfort that expressions of love and compassion can bring. When problems arise for family and friends, residents are eager to support others in their times of need.


Anyone for hummus?

August 11, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Appetites change, and dietary requirements might need adjustment, but meals always should be appetizing and healthful. A little creativity in the kitchen also is a plus.

Social media present challenges for healthcare employers, employees

August 8, 2014     Alan C. Horowitz, RN, JD

A clear social media policy can help employers and employees meet their legal obligations to one another as well as to residents. See where others have fallen short, and get tips for success in your organization.