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.
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.
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.
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.
Mobile health apps need more oversight, according to a July article published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Nursing homes are no longer returning or refusing a free dementia care training resource, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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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."
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.
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 was chosen as the exclusive distributor of FIT Kits™, the company announced.
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Gardens in nursing homes can help patients with dementia, new research indicates.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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National Senior Virtual Bowling Week is taking place this week in senior facilities around the country.
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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Certain lights may improve quality of life for residents with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, according to a new study.
The LaSalle Group has announced the construction of a 30,000-square-foot, $9.5 million memory care community designed for Alzheimer's and dementia residents.
CURRIER & Associates Inc. has announced its involvement in the development of two Massachusetts senior communities called Cornerstone at Canton and Canton Senior Center. CAI will develop the interiors for both facilities.
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