Long-Term Care Facilities

 Saved by the bad apples

Saved by the bad apples

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Personal phone technology is creating headaches for long-term care facilities, as a few dumb staff with the judgment and moral clarity of hamsters continue to ruin it for the rest of us.

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.

Handmade trouble

Handmade trouble

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From double-gloving to long nails, myths and misperceptions persist when it comes to hand hygiene and washing critical touchpoints for resident care

New exchange technologies promise safer transitions to long-term care facilities

New exchange technologies promise safer transitions to long-term care facilities

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Long-term care facilities strive to provide each patient personalized care. Comprehensive care plans, honoring patient preferences and tailoring services to patients are critical aspects to achieving the healthcare goals of patients and their care providers.

CMS loosens nursing home infection control guidance for single-use devices

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Nursing homes now have new guidance about using certain types of reprocessed medical devices, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced.

Guidance identifies clothing choices for infection control

Guidance identifies clothing choices for infection control

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Healthcare professionals should consider a "bare below the elbows" approach of short-sleeved tops and foregoing a wristwatch, jewelry or ties, according to guidance released in late January from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

No way to fix staffing

No way to fix staffing

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It's no secret that our nation's long-term care facilities need additional caregivers. More than 43,000 direct care staff positions remain unfilled, according to figures from the American Health Care Association.

Nurse hiring remains difficult, hurting staff morale and patient care, survey shows

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Healthcare providers are having a hard time hiring nurses, and the vacancies are having a negative impact on staff morale and patient care, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder.

Suicide threats counteracted

Suicide threats counteracted

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Caregivers in long-term care facilities should screen residents using a suicide risk tool, according to a June 17 report in Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging.

Spiritual spaces

Spiritual spaces

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Designers of worship, meditative and hospice spaces must meet the varied needs of different religious backgrounds while creating a neutral area of reflection.

Government-funded housing should support people transitioning out of long-term care settings, guidance urges

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Housing providers using government funds should consider the needs of individuals transitioning out of nursing homes and other institutional settings, according to recently released guidance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

MDI Achieve integrates EHR with Homecare Homebase

Providers using MDI Achieve's MatrixCareâ„¢ and Homecare Homebase will gain benefits that include field connection to all patient/resident information, automated documentation of services provided, secure data exchange between long-term care facilities and homecare providers, improved continuity of care and ease of coordination, and simplified and consistent capture of patient/resident data.

NPs face pay challenges in some states

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While the number of nurse practitioners is expected to nearly double by 2025, many in the field say payer policies hurt their efficiency, even more than state scope-of-practice laws.

Lethal bacteria hits facilities

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Providers must act to prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria killing about half of all people who become infected, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention said in March.

CDC: Flu vaccinations among LTC workers declining

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While influenza vaccination rates among healthcare workers have increased overall, fewer long-term care facility employees are being vaccinated, a government survey has found.

Perceptions of nursing home care improving among residents, families, survey finds

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Long-term care facilities in Missouri have been successful in rehabilitating their reputation as institutionalized environments, a new survey reveals.

Nursing home group doesn't support mandatory flu vaccines for workers

Nursing home group doesn't support mandatory flu vaccines for workers

The largest nursing home association in the country agrees that influenza vaccine should be offered to all healthcare workers but it stops short of endorsing a recommendation by a federal advisory panel that the vaccinations be mandatory.

OSHA plans nursing home inspections

Roughly 300 nursing homes can expect inspections by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to one of the latest agency directives aimed at long-term care providers.

Highlighting long-term care concerns, FDA issues new guidance for finger-stick devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued new guidance, calling for restricted use and better labeling procedures for fingerstick devices. The agency noted a rise in blood borne infections, particularly in long-term care facilities, in recent years, while reversing one of its earlier stances on the devices.