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Undone by a cord

October 10, 2016  | 

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears relies on a call light in the bathroom, so when the cord was too long and ripped in half, she relied on some aides’ quick thinking until a more permanent fix could be made. 

Liar, liar: Many seniors fib about their capabilities after hospitalization

August 2, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Seniors who have recently been discharged from the hospital often downplay or even lie about their capabilities and risk factors in an attempt to return to “the old normal,” notes a new study.

Older women more vulnerable, less likely to be screened after broken hip

July 19, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Fewer than one in five women who break their hip receive at least one of the recommended osteoporosis screening tests or treatments within six months of incidence, according to a metaanalysis from the AARP Public Policy Institute. 

The balancing act of Parkinson’s fall prevention

June 29, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

A physical therapist shares how to prevent falls for people with Parkinson’s disease. Hint: it’s a lot of high-intensity exercise, cueing and patience.

Getting stiff

June 6, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears

Getting that handy touchpad laptop made life seem easier, but it wasn't so great for her hand's range of motion, says SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears.

Waiting for a new power chair

May 31, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears relates how shopping for a new power chair can include a lot of adjustments and a lot of waiting.

What's your best practice for memory care?

March 2, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Attendees at the Memory Care Forum in Austin, Texas, share their communities' most successful strategies and programs for engaging residents with dementia. 

7 steps to building a dementia-capable system

February 26, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Our infrastructure wasn’t built to accommodate people with dementia, but we can build one. And it starts with proper diagnosis.

A glove that reduces Parkinson's tremors

February 2, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

A medical student designed a glove to give back control topeople with Parkinson's disease. The glove uses gyroscopes to steady hand movement, allowing people to feed themselves again.

Joint Commission launches new certification for total hip and knee replacements

January 20, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Advanced certifications for certain joint replacement procedures could help the market bring quality to the fore from pre-op all the way to the rehabilitation center.

More therapy leads to slightly better outcomes, study finds

January 5, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

Researchers found an extra hour of therapy for seniors recovering from hip fractures in Skilled Nursing Facilities saw improved outcomes, though seniors with the highest levels of impairment saw no benefit.

The role of occupational therapists

December 22, 2015  |  Richard J. Dressel III, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational therapy can promote healing, independence and well-being for residents, but all too often treatments are misunderstood or missing. That prevents barriers to providing the best possible care for long-term care residents.


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