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NPs improve nursing home transfer process, clinical outcomes

October 26, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

New findings from the OPTIMISITC study found nurse practitioners improved clinical outcomes and safety for residents transitioning from the hospital back to the nursing home.

In the middle of ordinary things

October 24, 2016  | 

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears was getting ready for a day out until she got a somber reminder that we shouldn’t take our days, or our routines, for granted.  

Saluting service

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

Special activities for veteran residents can help them combat isolation and cope with memories of the war experience...

2016 OPTIMA Award: An honored memory

October 18, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

What happens when dementia and post-traumatic stress intersect in the nursing home environment? The winner of the...

Admissions, discharges and data-sharing

October 17, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Will hospitals and nursing homes ever be able to agree on a standard set of data to share during patient transfers? Thought leaders at the annual NASL meeting discuss the current regs—and what needs to happen next.

Cause for alarm

October 17, 2016  | 

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears wonders about changing policy so the fire alarm isn’t a signal for residents and visitors to panic.

Behavioral intervention for veterans: Words that work

October 14, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Managing behaviors in residents with dementia can be a challenge for caregivers. Veteran residents have special...

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. 

Simplifying oxygen tank monitoring

October 3, 2016  |  Michaela McSheffrey, COO of MIJA

By Michaela McSheffrey,  COO of MIJA

Automated alerts on oxygen tanks can provide a safety valve for residents who rely on oxygen and can help busy caregivers keep track of which tanks are running low.

Pneumonia and a dose of mortality

October 3, 2016  | 

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears caught pneumonia and caught herself taking stock of her life, too. 

CMS' Final Rule: Is it a win for residents?

September 30, 2016  |  Tom Ealey and Elizabeth Cameron, JD, MBA

Two business administration academics take an early look at what CMS' Final Rule for long-term care reform legislation will mean.

The care conundrum

September 26, 2016  | 

Resident blogger Kathy Mears watches how one resident’s changing health condition affects her family. That requires a lot of coordination for staff to communicate and keep everyone updated on an institutional level. 


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