Quality Of Life

First impressions count: Making wise investments

First impressions count: Making wise investments

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The baby boomer generation has been a transforming force on all sorts of institutions throughout their lives, and now with 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, they're transforming the long-term care industry as well.

Focusing on a single word might improve nursing home residents' quality of life

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An affordable, easily implemented relaxation technique could improve nursing home residents' psychological well-being. It also could potentially boost their immune systems, according to recently published findings.

Mandatory staff hours, better high-acuity care could improve quality of life in nursing homes, researchers suggest

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A nursing home's staffing patterns and admissions trends are among the most important factors driving residents' quality of life over time, according to recently published research findings.

5 reasons for rehab potential

5 reasons for rehab potential

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How many clinicians (physical, occupational, and speech therapy) can honestly say that they have achieved full independence with 100% of every patient they have ever worked with? Unfortunately, I definitely cannot make that claim myself. But is that always the intention anyway?

Satisfaction guaranteed?

Satisfaction guaranteed?

How much time is spent providing assistance to the average assisted living resident? Are their lives at a point where "assisted living resident" is the best way to describe them?

Peace of mind more important than aggressive treatment at the end of life, study finds

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Terminally ill cancer patients had a better quality of life when they could die at home and avoid intense life-prolonging measures, a new study finds.

A life well lived

A life well lived

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That's a fashionable phrase we hear a lot these days—"life well lived." A long-term care provider I hold in high esteem has even used it as a marketing tagline. I happen to know this provider's values are in complete alignment, and I've seen those words come alive in the actions of its employees. I've also seen the opposite.

Will music improve MDS 3.0 scores?

Will music improve MDS 3.0 scores?

Using iPods to reconnect long-term care residents with their favorite music is a simple intervention with great upside potential and no side effects. They're an inexpensive tool that can have a positive impact on resident quality of life, which, in turn, should be reflected in an important subset of MDS 3.0 scores.

Tai chi improves mood and quality of life in heart failure patients, report says

Tai chi exercises might be able to help improve heart failure patients' quality of life, mood and confidence, new research finds.

Move to improve residents' quality of life a welcome development

Move to improve residents' quality of life a welcome development

Enhanced standards from The Joint Commission complement new guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Both emphasize improving the quality of life of long-term care residents.