Dementia

When dementia leaves you asking, "Now What?"

When dementia leaves you asking, "Now What?"

For so many of us working in senior care, we are often approached by family members and caregivers with questions about the uncertainty of the dementia journey.

How one SNF landed AHCA's top distinction

How one SNF landed AHCA's top distinction

This year, our Altercare of Louisville Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing became the first center in Ohio to earn the American Healthcare Association and National Center for Assisted Living's coveted Gold Quality Award. So how did we do it?

Creative activities for residents with dementia

Creative activities for residents with dementia

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While conducting a training session last week in Montana, I was lucky enough to have a group of more than 100 staff members from various long-term care departments share some excellent suggestions on how to engage residents with dementia. They're too good to pass up.

Hospice billings changed

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently updated instructions on coding hospice claims. Billing staffs should be aware of these changes, which went into effect Oct. 1, CMS stated in a memorandum about the Medicare manual update.

Calming meds fuel dementia

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Long-term use of drugs commonly used to treat anxiety and insomnia increased the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by as much as 51%.

Nursing homes should think twice before using a well-known tool for diagnosing depression, researchers say

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A familiar tool for diagnosing depression in dementia patients might not be very effective in the nursing home setting, according to findings recently published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

CMS updates coding instructions for hospice site of service, principal diagnosis

CMS updates coding instructions for hospice site of service, principal diagnosis

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A new Medicare hospice manual update includes instructions for which principal diagnosis codes are acceptable, and clarifies which codes should be used for services in a skilled versus non-skilled nursing facility. Billing staffs should be aware of these changes, which go into effect Oct. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services stated in an educational memorandum sent Friday via email.

Enhancing well-being

Enhancing well-being

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I set out to re-examine dementia from a different framework — one that takes us beyond "interventions" and "programs" to a proactive, strength-based approach.

Dirty hands needed

Dirty hands needed

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Gardening is magic. Gardening is mindfulness. Gardening is therapist, physician and personal trainer without spandex or a copay. And now researchers have confirmed that gardening can help nursing home patients suffering with dementia.

mHealth apps may end up hurting consumers: expert

mHealth apps may end up hurting consumers: expert

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Mobile health apps need more oversight, according to a July article published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Providers warming up to free dementia resource, feds note

Providers warming up to free dementia resource, feds note

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Nursing homes are no longer returning or refusing a free dementia care training resource, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Also in the news for August 28, 2014 . . .

Marijuana compound slows Alzheimer's ... CBO: Medicare spending for 2014 will be $9 billion less than projected ... Former nursing home bookkeeper pleads guilty to embezzling $188,000 ... Lack of naturally occurring protein linked to dementia

Also in the news for August 27, 2014 . . .

Dementia sharply increases stroke risk ... CMS releases training tool to build respect for LGBT long-term care residents ... Canes fitted to the hip are better for stroke patients ... 'Mindfulness' training improves sleep, reduces depression in early-stage dementia

Dementia or just new batteries needed?

Dementia or just new batteries needed?

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Age-related changes are a natural part of everyone's existence. We can all expect to get wrinkles, gray hair, and decreases in our vision and hearing, among many other delightful changes. However, dementia is not one of these age-related changes to be taken as a "given."

Mid-life obesity linked to risk of dementia

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Those who receive an obesity diagnosis in mid-life have a higher chance of developing dementia in later life, a new study suggest. Researchers found that obese people between the ages of 30 to 39 had a 3.5 times higher chance of developing dementia.

Antipsychotic use tied to acute kidney injury, increasing pressure on nursing home reduction efforts

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Older people who take antipsychotic medications are at a markedly increased risk of acute kidney injury, according to newly published research findings out of Canada. The study further supports ongoing efforts to reduce the number of nursing home residents on these drugs.

MED-PASS chosen as FIT Kits distributor

MED-PASS was chosen as the exclusive distributor of FIT Kits™, the company announced.

Also in the news for August 18, 2014 . . .

Communication tool helped improve nursing home antibiotic stewardship, government agency says ... Poor sleep quality increases suicide risk in older adults ... Wall Street Journal takes a look at how feds combat Medicare fraud

Also in the news for August 15, 2014 . . .

High-dose flu vaccine about 25% more effective for seniors ... Regular internet use reduces dementia risk in seniors, scientists say ... Expert panel recommends seniors receive Pfizer pneumonia vaccine ... TX lawmakers propose '3 strikes' rule to close nursing homes

Also in the news for August 8, 2014 . . .

Severe Vitamin D deficiency increases dementia risk by 125%, historically large study shows ... Stress helps wound healing? ... Government approves new MRSA drug

Gardens can ease dementia

Gardens can ease dementia

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Gardens in nursing homes can help patients with dementia, new research indicates.

Also in the news for July 30, 2014 . . .

$31,000 fine for nursing home where resident fell from lift ... Pacemakers more common in those with dementia ... Kindred now wants to purchase Gentiva whole ... 11-year sentence for nursing home rapist ... CMS clarifies 3-day stay waivers for bundled payment participants

The unknown world of dementia

The unknown world of dementia

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Taking a step back and listening to their words gave us a different perspective. They don't want to be cared for. They want to live and want others to help them to live the fullest, most meaningful lives possible, in spite of this dread disease.

Joint Commission adds memory care accreditation

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New memory care accreditation for nursing homes encourages staff to use a flexible, problem-solving approach to care for those with dementia, according to Joint Commission guidelines.

$1.2 million awarded in case of nursing home resident trapped, fatally burned in bed

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A nursing home resident in Ohio suffered fatal burns from a radiator, leading to arbitration that ended last week with a $1.2 million award.

Long-term care facilities refusing free CMS resource on dementia, nurses association says

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Some nursing homes are not accepting a dementia training resource sent by the government, even though it is free and recommended, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Nursing.

Chance of a senior developing Alzheimer's has dropped 44% over the last three decades, large U.S. study shows

Chance of a senior developing Alzheimer's has dropped 44% over the last three decades, large U.S. study shows

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The odds of developing Alzheimer's disease fell sharply among seniors in the United States over the last 30 years, according to research presented Tuesday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen.

Also in the news for July 16, 2014 . . .

Gardening therapy helps reduce dementia-related agitation ... Senators hear about challenges in providing care for chronic conditions ... Men should do pelvic floor exercises to stave off incontinence ... VA seeks to update fire safety code for nursing homes

NSL celebrations Senior Virtual Bowling Week

National Senior Virtual Bowling Week is taking place this week in senior facilities around the country.

LaSalle Group to host grand opening of TX facility

The LaSalle Group announced the grand opening of Autumn Leaves of Stone Oak, its first memory care community in the San Antonio area. The community will host its official grand opening July 24.

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