advance directive

Long-term care nurses often 'scramble' to get family members' blessing for palliative care, research shows

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Nursing home residents might not transition to full palliative care until they are very near death, at which point nurses and family members act in a state of crisis, suggests recently published research out of Canada.

Government would pay seniors to create advanced directives under Senate bill

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Medicare beneficiaries would be paid to create advance directives and store them in an easy-access system if a recently proposed Senate bill were to become law.

Chances of peaceful death are three times higher for dementia residents with an advance directive, study finds

Chances of peaceful death are three times higher for dementia residents with an advance directive, study finds

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Dying nursing home residents who have dementia display significantly less fear and anxiety if they have a written advance directive in place, according to recently published research findings.

Nursing home quality could improve with better palliative care interventions, large-scale trial shows

Nursing home quality could improve with better palliative care interventions, large-scale trial shows

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By following practices that are common in home-based hospice care, nursing homes can improve the comfort and dignity of residents who are dying, according to new study results.

Blanket 'no-CPR' policy can result in citation, CMS rules

Blanket 'no-CPR' policy can result in citation, CMS rules

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Federal regulators have come out strongly against facility-wide policies that prohibit cardiopulmonary resuscitation for residents in distress.

The bridge is here for your personal aging planning — cross it

The bridge is here for your personal aging planning — cross it

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A new poll* finds that two-thirds of people 40 years old and older have done little or no preparing for the challenging and expensive reality of aging. I think most people seem to have the mentality, "I'll cross that bridge when I come to it." Kids, if you're at least 40 years old, the bridge is here.

What the family wants

What the family wants

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When it comes to talk about palliative care and rehospitalizations, what should a provider do when the family is insistent on sending their loved one back to the hospital?

Many seniors will lose the ability to make their own health decisions, research shows

Nearly 30% of seniors will eventually need someone else to make healthcare decisions for them, according to a recent report.