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A way to help residents keep belongings safe

A way to help residents keep belongings safe

I am not an accomplished nurse or healthcare professional, nor do I have a background in administration as did most of the amazing attendees I met at the recent NADONA conference in Anaheim. However, as the wife of a physician, I've witnessed the stress of being in the medical industry, specifically the intense pressure of being accountable for every aspect of a patient's care.

Addressing quality of death

Addressing quality of death

What do you do when a resident crosses the threshold and your organization needs to address quality of death? We all know that there is a great emphasis, appropriately so, on a resident's quality of life. The flip side of that coin is providing a resident with a quality death.

Attracting new residents

Attracting new residents

Despite the rapidly growing elderly population, senior living communities sometimes have empty apartments and the worry is that prospective residents will look askance at a facility having more than a few vacancies.

What would Jack Bauer do?

What would Jack Bauer do?

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In the now-infamous case of an independent living facility's policy on CPR, the simple perception is that a woman was dying and needed CPR. Sound and prudent judgment would have been to perform it, or move out of the way and get someone else to do it.

Difficult eaters ahead

Difficult eaters ahead

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Food. I eat it, savor it, crave it and can't seem to live without it — and I suspect I'm not alone. Talk to any long-term care resident, and he or she will almost certainly list it as one of the most important factors in his or her dissatisfaction, right behind the low quality of the coffee and the bad attitude of that new aide who hands out meds like the recipients have leprosy.

State governments compromise some long-term care ombudsmen: report

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Long-term care ombudsmen in some states are unable to effectively advocate for residents due to a lack of independence from government interests, according to a report published Monday.

Digital Care Systems unveils latest wireless emergency call system

Digital Care Systems unveils latest wireless emergency call system

Digital Care Systems recently introduced the CC-5900HS Emergency Call System for in-room and campus-wide coverage. The system is activated wirelessly with a pendant transmitter or wireless pull-cord or any other device with an isolated contact closure (such as a smoke detector, door contact, etc.).

You 'Like' me!

You 'Like' me!

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It's not necessarily a bad thing, or a good one either — kind of like Rice-A-Roni or the music of Yanni. But instant customer feedback, and the expectation of immediate response and action is where the Facebook culture is driving us, and long-term care is no exception.

McKnight's Newsmaker Videos: Golden Living hiring more nurses to handle high-acuity residents, Kurtz says

McKnight's Newsmaker Videos: Golden Living hiring more nurses to handle high-acuity residents, Kurtz says

Golden Living is expanding its nurse force to handle the growth of higher-acuity residents, says Dr. Neil Kurtz, president and CEO of the nursing home chain. Kurtz talked to McKnight's at the American Health Care Association's annual conference in Long Beach, CA.

Protect yourself against Olmstead

Protect yourself against Olmstead

The Olmstead decision—that governments provide housing to vulnerable populations in the lease restrictive environments—has led to several class-action lawsuits. Here are ways to guard your residents and facilities against damaging Olmstead cases.

Residents need flu and pneumo- coccal vaccine

Residents need flu and pneumo- coccal vaccine

You don't want to mess around with pneumococcal bacteria, which causes pneumonia, and even worse, sepsis and meningitis. That's why nursing home residents should receive two vaccinations: the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) and the influenza vaccine.

House needs to pass Medicaid legislation for nursing home residents

House needs to pass Medicaid legislation for nursing home residents

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Medicaid funding cuts threaten the quality of life nursing home residents deserve.

If Ivy Bean can master Twitter, so can we

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Did anyone else get a kick out of last week's story about Ivy Bean, the Twitter user who died at the age of 104?

Now available: Robot for pet therapy

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He is a sweet furry creature named Paro, and, yes, he's a robot. So what's the problem?

Nursing home resident advocacy group reorganizes, changes name

Nursing home resident advocacy group reorganizes, changes name

The National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR), a resident advocacy group, said Monday that it is expanding its advocacy priorities. It also will have a new moniker, The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, or Consumer Voice, for short.

'American Idol' meets assisted living

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You can call them assisted living's "idols." About a dozen employees of assisted living facilities auditioned and won spots to sing a song commissioned by the Assisted Living Federation of America.

Illinois task force offers recommendations to reform nursing home system

The Nursing Home Safety Task Force commissioned by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) released its recommendations for reforming that state's long-term care system on Friday.

Nursing home census visits underway in advance of April 1 count

Nursing home census visits underway in advance of April 1 count

Don't be surprised if a member of the U.S. Census Bureau pays a visit to your nursing home over the next few weeks.

Vitamin D reduces falls in nursing homes, review says

Nursing home residents who take vitamin D supplements are significantly less likely to fall than residents who are deficient in the vitamin, according to a new review.

Relief efforts slow to reach Haitian nursing home survivors

Relief efforts slow to reach Haitian nursing home survivors

Eight days after a massive earthquake tore through the Haitian capital of Port-Au-Prince, many nursing home residents are still awaiting large-scale aid, according to recent news reports.

Study: Nursing home residents with most to gain from Medicare Part D drug program are least likely to enroll

Many nursing home residents benefit from Medicare Part D but don't enroll in the prescription drug program, according to a recent study.

Black nursing home residents need more help with ADLs, CDC finds

A newly released statistical analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that black nursing home residents typically have a lower functional status than residents of other races.

Being grateful on Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving, as its name so states, is a holiday to celebrate gratitude. But thankfulness, as we all know, is not always so easy to muster—especially during these tough financial times. Then again, being bah humbug never solved anything either.

State, federal pain policies hurt

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A lot of Americans suffer from chronic pain. This group includes many nursing home residents. Which is why some new developments on the pain front are encouraging.

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.

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