As mandates from the Affordable Care Act continue to roll out, the healthcare industry, and more specifically, the long-term care (LTC) market (also known as post-acute care), is in the center of a seismic paradigm shift. In order to remain profitable and improve patient care, all LTC organizations must dramatically change how they operate, as larger hospital systems are closely reevaluating how they work with LTC providers.
Meaningful use requirements state that physicians must be able to send and receive care summaries during transitions to all healthcare settings, including long-term and post-acute care facilities. So how can these facilities implement an EMR system and then help users achieve proficiency quickly and effectively? The answer lies in role-based simulation.
Superbugs threaten ill and compromised patients, particularly those in long-term care settings. They are resistant to most antibiotics and can spread widely within hospitals and long-term care facilities.
Nurses make sure the right procedures are carried out, the right medications are delivered at the correct times, and offer constant compassion and empathy. Ansell, a world leader in protection solutions, recognizes the often overlooked efforts of this inspiring group and has decided to reward the nurses who go above and beyond with the Ansell H.E.R.O. Nurse Service Award.
It's imperative to leverage all relationships, including customers, partners, colleagues, and vendors. One partnership opportunity which is often overlooked is with state healthcare associations. With a little research, your organization can connect more effectively and successfully with your state association, forming a solid learning environment and strategic partnership for growing your business.
To achieve a higher quality of life and longer periods of stay, retirement communities should consider a robust and fully comprehensive programming strategy. To address the needs of residents, they should aim at creating avenues of engagement opportunities for anyone at any time.
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy ("NPWT") is one of the oldest forms of medicinal therapy used to heal the human body. Over the past decade there has been a significant increase in the use of this therapy.
We have a tendency to think of someone as either healthy - and therefore without an urgent need for our healthcare or senior care system - or sick - and therefore high-cost and in a state of inevitable decline. But we need to rethink how we view health and sickness.
Preventing the spread of MRSA, CRE and other hospital-acquired infections(HAI's) is quickly becoming a top priority in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities. Yet we often overlook disinfecting procedures on our vital signs monitoring equipment.
In-home senior care franchise owners are anticipating huge changes in early May due to Obama's Affordable Care Act. One of the biggest issues at hand is the repeal of the companion exemption.
Herrick House team would spend many hours knocking on residents' doors, and on the telephone with residents, families and staff. She found a way to save time and increase communication.
As we approach the winter season, seniors will undoubtedly spend more time indoors, and it is important that they and their homes are prepared.
Many stoma skin barriers require the patient to measure the stoma and cut the barrier material to the appropriate size. If the barrier is the wrong size, it can cause gaps in protection that lead to peristomal skin complication.
Activities and wellness programs can be used as tools to reduce guilty feelings and their effects on family satisfaction. Allowing residents to be decision makers can be one way to improve the long-term care experience.
Innovative healthcare providers are eliminating hidden costs and potentially saving millions by adding affordable, healthcare compliant, patient room entertainment systems
The marketplace has never rewarded companies who fall back on the tried and true, and don't push the envelope - and it won't be any different in the case of senior care and healthcare.
If families, current residents and clients are your No. 1 source of referrals, shouldn't positive communications with them be a high priority?
Long-term care providers know that finding the balance between a clean community and a shrinking budget is tough.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently celebrated a decline in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections[i], incidences of several other types of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) known as 'superbugs' continue to rise.
The Virtual Tour technology in place is now beyond the imagination of just a few years ago. Imagine you are a son, daughter, grandchild, caregiver or other loved one searching for an LTC, ALF, SNF, or other facility but you live 1,000 miles away
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