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Staff key to spotting, addressing resident depression

Beth Thomas Hertz

Caregivers play a vital role in identifying depression and ensuring that residents’ mental healthcare needs are attended to. Experts share signs to watch for and steps to take to help those in your care.

National plan attacks antibiotic-resistant infections

Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Healthcare providers and federal health agencies need to coordinate their strategic efforts to curb the spread of drug-resistant germs, notes a White House action plan.

MDS items set to expand

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

CMS intends to implement new or revised MDS coding by October 2016 in its move toward creating a value-based Medicare payment system.

Fall ends in death at an Illinois nursing home

April 27, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

A serious fall can happen at any facility, but an incident at a nursing home in southwest Illinois underscores the need for vigilance to keep residents safe.

NorthStar REIT plans $640M CCRC acquisition

April 24, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The NorthStar family of real estate companies continues its buying spree in a deal to add 15 CCRCs across 11 states to its portfolio.

Strength through collaboration

April 24, 2015     Derrick Lambert, RN, BSN, WCC

A skilled nursing facility and a local hospital in Pennsylvania team up to bridge the patient's transition from acute to a post-acute setting while delivering effective wound care.

Senate votes to continue Independence at Home pilots

April 24, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Independence at Home demonstration projects would continue under a bill passed by the U.S. Senate. The legislation now awaits consideration in the House of Representatives.

Bill would expand veterans' access to skilled nursing

April 23, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health deliberated today about a bipartisan bill that would expand veterans’ access to skilled nursing and other healthcare options.

Insects inspire new hearing aid technology

April 23, 2015     Richard R. Rogoski

Researchers are developing new hearing aid models based on an insect’s ear that can filter out background noise.

Philips introduces new mobile app for resident monitoring

April 23, 2015     Richard R. Rogoski

Designed for nurses and other caregivers, Philips introduces a new mobile app for on-the-go resident monitoring.

Trade bill would affect Medicare, groups complain

April 22, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Four large healthcare trade organizations have sent letters to the Senate and House expressing concerns over a plan to use healthcare dollars to fund provisions in trade bills, resulting in cuts to Medicare.

Report examines state survey agency performance

April 22, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

A new report from the Long Term Care Community Coalition compares enforcement of nursing home standards in several categories across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

HCR ManorCare accused of fraud but disputes claims

April 22, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The federal government says that HCR ManorCare routinely submitted false claims for rehabilitation therapy services that were not medically reasonable and necessary, but ManorCare asserts that the lawsuit boils down to a “billing dispute.”


Moments with Marie

April 27, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Staff personalities and attitudes can make or break a resident’s day. Sincere friendliness can help a resident have a better day.

If Walker becomes president?

April 23, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Do the actions of a state governor foreshadow the approach he would take and the policies he would advocate if elected to this country’s highest office? If so, then those in long-term care may want to pay attention to what’s going on in the Badger State.

Nursing home negligence?

April 20, 2015     Alan C. Horowitz, RN, JD

Negligence has specific legal definitions—and personal injury lawyers love to muddy them. Long-Term Living legal blogger Alan C. Horowitz, RN, JD, explains what nursing homes can do to protect themselves.

Craving french fries

April 20, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Since mealtimes are so important to residents, a successful dining program should consider preferences and be sure to have enough of the most popular food items on hand.