As we prepare to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015, now is the time to make a New Year's resolution of innovation. While each long-term care facility will chart its own course, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale has found three core avenues of innovation: short-term rehabilitation, an outsourced pharmacy offering, and an increased emphasis placed on customer service and quality.
Family members need to know what to expect when their loved one enters a nursing home: Falls may happen, medications may change, and a private room may not be an option.
Using these methods, the flu can usually be contained and treated for the benefit of both the seniors and their caregivers.
If you are like me and have children who are required to contribute to science fairs, then you understand that the method in a science project is as important as the topic .It is difficult to explain to my children this importance when they hear me talk about my industry and agencies that "audit," and how these agencies freely manipulate or ignore data to derive results they want versus results that are real.
Bethany Village's Silver Recognition is a significant milestone in the organization's culture change journey. More importantly, it reassures residents and families that effective policies, practices, tools, and systems are in place to meet a broad range of resident, family, and professional health care giver needs and preferences.
I have worked in the aging profession for more than 21 years, have been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and will soon begin my (semi-) retirement. This has led me to do a lot of reflecting on my career and, for lack of a better word, my legacy as a nurse and long-term care educator.
It so happened that in the drive-thru at Panda Express recently, I had an epiphany. Let me explain.
Accurate and thorough nursing documentation is the crucial factor in determining medical necessity. As nursing leaders in long-term care, we are obligated to ensure that Medicare documentation standards meet the premise of reasonable and necessary care and services.
The single most important precipitant for placement of Parkinson's disease patients in a long-term care facility is psychiatric dysfunction, particularly psychosis. Although PD is classified as a movement disorder and clinically diagnosed purely based on movement disorder criteria, non-motor, neurological and psychiatric features are crucially important, particularly as the disease progresses.
In some ways, 2014 has been a monumental year. But it's not over yet, especially with regard to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services steps regarding the historic Jimmo settlement agreement signed on Jan. 24, 2013.
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