Education, better prevention and the treatment of high blood pressure may be delaying seniors' signs of dementia and Alzheimer's, according to studies reported on in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Over the years, long-term care has seen many changes. The environment is entrenched with the need to understand the history and the reasons for all of the change! How does a new LTC professional keep their head above water while desperately attempting to maneuver the waves and rip tides?
Nasco recently published its 2013-2014 Health Care Educational Materials catalog. The 204-page publication features specialized skills trainers, manikins, simulators and more.
Yes, it's true: Our seniors are tech-savvy and love their gadgets. But where does this leave us as clinicians and caregivers? Hopefully, not in the dark.
A lot of things were different in long-term care back in 1962. Never mind the stiff uniforms, spartan buildings and low technology. Medicare and Medicaid were still a few years from being born by President Lyndon B. Johnson's executive pen. But there's been at least one constant since then.
The $80 million President Obama designated to Alzheimer's research could have more strings attached to it than previously thought, a key senator has said.
Who ever thought that caregivers would need to come out of the closet and be accepted? It's true.
It's that time of year again, the when our hospitals and nursing facilities start to fill up with patients suffering from new fractures, falls, pneumonia and other cardio-pulmonary diseases. However, have we ever thought to provide additional therapy services to our residents (and their family members) who plan to go out for the holidays?
As skilled nursing facilities adjust to the changes to Medicare that arrived early last month, they must be ready for Recovery Audit Contractors. RACs are independent auditors for the government that are preparing to audit every facility that has submitted Medicare claims.
Congress continues to wrestle with healthcare reform. Meanwhile, a Web site for financial advisers reports that legislators are likely to steer clear of long-term care reform because of the potential cost of universal healthcare and other general healthcare reform challenges.
Nurses who earn a master's or doctorate degree and then teach full-time at an accredited nursing school would have their student loans paid off under a new bill in the U.S. House. Nurses would be repaid up to $40,000 for a master's degree and up to $80,000 for a doctorate under H.R. 1460.
Nursing home operators are praising President Obama's proposed 2010 budget for provisions that would help educate and train nurses. But they fear that other parts, including those that call for "bundling" of some Medicare funding for post-acute care, will be harmful. Obama said the goal of bundled payments is to lower hospital readmission rates.
In this down-turned economy, when most things seem to be getting more difficult to accomplish or acquire, there is one high-quality endeavor bucking the trend: McKnight's Online Expo.
The Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes campaign-a nationwide, voluntary quality improvement initiative-celebrated its second birthday this week.
Whether or not to undergo a surgical procedure can be a tough call, and most patients come armed with many concerns to talk through with their doctors. But a recent study finds that seniors just aren't asking many of those questions.
While no one knows for certain what causes us to age, prevailing wisdom suggests it's a buildup of stresses and the cumulative effects of disease. The surprising results of a recent study, however, say otherwise.