Partnering for post-acute care

September 30, 2014     Jim Bowe

The second part of our two-part series on post-acute strategies and tactics examines how post-acute care providers can partner to succeed in an intergrated network.

Trends: Senior housing and services grow more intertwined

September 29, 2014     The National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC)

The 24th National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC) National Conference kicks off this week, and NIC shares a sneak-peek Q&A held with opening keynote speaker Thomas H. Lee, MD, chief medical officer at healthcare performance improvement firm Press Ganey Associates.

OPTIMA 2014: Morning pledge [VIDEO]

September 26, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Benchmark Senior Living, the winner of the 2014 Long-Term Living OPTIMA Award, uses set routines in the morning to get its memory care residents off to a good start each day.

An engaged journey: Complete coverage of the 2014 OPTIMA Award winner

September 26, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Coverage of Long-Term Living's 2014 OPTIMA Award winner—including the main article, companion articles, photos, video and a blog—are gathered here for your convenience.

OPTIMA Award: Reading series keeps residents with dementia learning

September 25, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Keeping reading skills honed helps those with dementia stay focused throughout the day. Benchmark Senior Living, the 2014 winner of Long-Term Living's OPTIMA Award, uses hundreds of reading booklets to keep residents' minds engaged in learning new things.

30-day readmissions rate: What’s behind the number?

September 25, 2014     Kevin McMahon, MPA, LNHA

To complete the readmission puzzle, post-acute care providers should look at three not-so-obvious missing puzzle pieces that go beyond the readmission metric.

Encourage residents to get vaccinated against flu

September 24, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Certain adults are more vulnerable than others, and vaccination rates vary by gender and geography. See what you can do, and find out what this year's vaccine covers.

OPTIMA Award: Six dimensions of engagement

September 24, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Benchmark Senior Living, the 2014 winner of Long-Tem Living's OPTIMA Award, uses six dimensions of engagement in its memory care program to stimulate different parts of the brain and keep residents with dementia involved and focused.

2014 OPTIMA Award: An engaged journey

September 23, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

This year’s winner of the Long-Term Living OPTIMA Award, Benchmark Senior Living, has taken dementia care programming far beyond reminiscing, brain-games and once-a-day-activities. Here's the story of how its award-winning programming got started, and how the lives of residents can be changed when engagement happens all day long instead of just during "activity hour."

LTC organizations support antipsychotic drug reduction goal, but some say more is needed

September 19, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The majority of the professional associations representing long-term care say they support the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care’s goal of continuing to reduce the off-label use of antipsychotic medications in long-stay nursing home residents, although some say more action is needed.

CDC recommends 2 pneumonia vaccines for older adults

September 19, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Following advice from the CDC, you'll want to ensure that older residents and employees are vaccinated against pneumonia at the same time that they receive the flu shot. The government now recommends two pneumonia vaccines over the course of most people's lives.

Flu vaccination low among long-term care workers

September 18, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Flu vaccination among healthcare personnel is lowest among those working in long-term care settings, but employers can take two actions to encourage it, according to new data from the CDC.

Congress: The ball is in your court

September 17, 2014     Bob Gatty

The building crisis in financing and providing effective long-term care services and supports is an ever-growing problem as discussed in a report by the Commission on Long-Term Care.

Your unused drugs can benefit your facility, those in need

September 15, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities seeking to improve efficiencies and finances while helping the less fortunate and contributing to sustainability efforts may find an ally in a California-based nonprofit organization. 

One-on-one with… Robert (Robb) White

September 11, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Long-term care organizations would be wise to reevaluate their dining programs to satisfy the adventurous and sophisticated palates of the new senior population. One noted chef shares his philosophy and vision of wedding good nutrition with high-end culinary options.

Comfort focus improves lives of those with advanced dementia

September 9, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Prioritizing comfort in the care of residents with advanced dementia enabled one nursing home to reap many rewards for residents and their families, the community and staff members. Its innovative model was detailed in a Sept. 8 workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine.

NCOA, CDC gear up for flu season

September 9, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Key agencies prepare materials and awareness campaigns for this year's influenza season.

Technology can build community among residents' families, staff

September 5, 2014     Sharon Risser, BSN

One assisted living community supplemented existing communication efforts by using a web platform to relay everyday interactions to residents' family members. In this way, the community strengthened ties and also improved marketing efforts.

Home health workers protest in 5 cities

September 4, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The aim of the protests matches some goals of two organizations working on behalf of home health workers.

Rx for Parkinson’s: Patience and safe modifications

September 3, 2014     Tobi Schwartz-Cassell

Caring for residents with Parkinson’s disease requires an understanding of the unique ways in which the disease affects their muscles and nervous system, as well as the critical importance of precise medication management.

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