Many stroke survivors don't know about the therapy options that can address spastic muscles, which is a common and often disabling condition, according to a recent survey.
Frail, elderly people in long-term care facilities received a greater antibody boost from a high-dose influenza vaccine than a standard vaccine in a recent study, researchers have announced.
When providers consider the challenges residents face, it's usually within the context of activity of daily living limits. Things like trouble with walking, dressing, bathing and eating tend to be top of mind. With mental conditions, Alzheimer's considerations dominate. But a phenomenon that fuels both physical and mental decline often flies under the radar.
Cerner's CareTracker has allowed Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America facilities to provide better resident-centered care, according to director of clinical information Jeanne Gerstenkorn, RN, BSN, MSN.
While exercise has been shown to boost mental health among fit seniors and younger adults, a study out of the United Kingdom indicates mild exercise is not effective in reducing depression among nursing home residents.
Improper coding related to activities of daily living is common, causing providers to lose significant Medicare reimbursements, a coding expert said during a McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast. "The biggest coding error I find is undercoding," said Mary-Beth Newell, RN, vice president of clinical reimbursement at Post Acute Consulting. "Undercoding is much more prevalent than overcoding."
More adults are struggling with basic activities of daily living (ADLs), according to research from the Centers from Disease Control & Prevention.
By adopting a wireless daily living documentation tool, Hearthstone Health Center lowered its hospital readmission rates by 5.5%. That earned Hearthstone the Gold Award in the Transitions category of the McKnight's Technology Awards — Connect Our World.
If there's one overwhelming challenge in a long-term care setting, it's how to code the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
Are long-term care operators overly paranoid? That answer probably depends on your definition of "overly."
The functional status and behavior sections of the MDS 3.0 often lead to risk and liability dangers for providers, a long-term care coding expert said Sunday.
Roughly 42% of U.S. assisted living residents has Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, and about 70% are women, according to a newly published data brief.
The Medicare adjustments of fiscal year 2012 have left the long-term care profession discussing and debating care strategies to ensure success and mitigate the reductions in reimbursement. A key indicator when analyzing clinical and financial solidity is the facility's clinically anticipated Medicare length of stay.
A non-drug dementia intervention piloted in German nursing homes proved as effective as medications in halting progression of disease, a new study reveals.
Medicare beneficiaries suffering from five or more chronic conditions and functional impairments are nearly twice as expensive as Medicare enrollees with only the chronic conditions, a new report finds.
Poor sleep among residents of assisted living facilities is common, and can lead to a worsening quality of life, and subsequent placement in a nursing home, according to the results of a new study.
More older, middle-aged Americans are reporting serious mobility-related disabilities and difficulties performing activities of daily living than ever before, according to a new study.
It appears increasingly likely that proponents of the CLASS Act will have "happy holidays" after all.
Cautioning elderly people from attempting to do too much physically is actually counterproductive, researchers suggest. They say that many seniors who worry about their health or possible negative outcomes from exercising instead choose to remain inactive, therefore causing greater potential harm later in life.
Women who suffer from stress urinary incontinence can be helped by collagen injections, even after surgery has failed, a medical researcher says. A majority of nursing home residents suffer from one or more types of incontinence.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has completed a guide for providers who want to employ dining assistants in their facilities. After a drawn out battle, CMS agreed five years ago to allow the use of paid feeding assistants--provided they achieve a certain level of training and have the approval of the state.
Anne Tumlinson Analyst, Avalere Health Medicare cost survey
Medicare beneficiaries who require assistance with three or more activities of daily living account for up to one-quarter of all Medicare Part A and B spending. This despite the fact they constitute only 7% of the Medicare population, according to a new analysis.
Seniors discharged from hospital rehabilitation facilities with new activity of daily living (ADL) disabilities have a greater chance of dying within a year as those discharged without additional disabilities, according to new research from Johns Hopkins University.
A Florida law requiring all seniors over 80 to pass a vision test before renewing their driver's license may have lead to a reduction in traffic-related fatalities among that age group. New study results show how.
The dual-eligible population of New York--those elderly individuals enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid--pose a significant cost burden on the healthcare system, and hinder reform efforts, according to a report released last week by the United Hospital Fund.
Women aged 70 or older who receive less than five hours of sleep per night are at a greater risk of falls, according to a recent study.
People who live in Mediterranean countries have long been admired for their healthy eating habits. Now a new study confirms why. The diet has recently been found to protect against heart disease, cancer, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and other chronic conditions.
Gait dysfunction, or difficulty walking, often accompanies mild cognitive impairment in older adults, according to findings published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a draft Comparison Crosswalk to aid in the transition between MDS 2.0 and MDS 3.0.