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 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 residents and older 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.

12 steps to QAPI: Step 12: Take systemic action

September 2, 2014     Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM

The final chapter in the series “12 Steps to QAPI” shows how preparation, organization, data and action can correct and improve processes to enhance the quality of care your residents receive.

OIG busts multiple home health agencies, DME companies for fraud

August 28, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The August dog days of summer proved to be too hot for several scheming durable medical equipment and home health service providers.

Updated EHR selection tools released by LeadingAge CAST

August 25, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

An updated portfolio of tools from LeadingAge’s Center for Aging Services Technologies is designed to assist long-term care and post-acute providers in the market for electronic health record systems.

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 her gown.


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.

RN staffing bill set to increase minimum hours

August 21, 2014     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.

How to align resources for post-acute care

August 20, 2014     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.

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

August 19, 2014     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.

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