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Your next resident could be a senior ... in college

Your next resident could be a senior ... in college

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Where you live in college plays a huge role in the overall college experience, a fact that I'm sure isn't lost on 21-year-old Drake University student Haley Jenkins. On Friday, she moves into Deerfield Retirement Community in Urbandale, IA.

Older residents ahead?

Older residents ahead?

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Conventional wisdom holds that the sweet spot for long-term care residents is around age 85, give or take. But what if that figure were to increase dramatically?

30-degree tilt best for blood flow: study

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Different body positions change residents' tissue blood flow and may relate to how wounds heal, according to new research. The optimal position might be a 30° supine tilt.

Also in the news for June 30, 2014 . . .

AHCA/NCAL names Silver award recipients ... Nursing home operators face racketeering charges ... Japanese nutritional drink helps protein-deficient residents

Nursing home residents appreciate caring staff, but workers could do a better job honoring resident wishes, survey finds

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Caring staff members who form close relationships with residents are a strength of long-term care facilities, but workers could more consistently honor residents' choices and privacy, according to recently released focus group data.

CMS proposes more rigorous emergency preparedness rules for long-term care facilities

CMS proposes more rigorous emergency preparedness rules for long-term care facilities

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Long-term care facilities would have to meet more comprehensive emergency preparedness guidelines, under a newly proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Prodigies in reverse

Prodigies in reverse

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I experienced many crushing disappointments growing up. A trespassing fairy with a tooth fetish didn't leave a dime under my pillow? Ernie and Bert aren't brothers? Affordable healthcare isn't a right? But the worst was realizing I was too old to be a prodigy. There's an age limit, apparently, or maybe it's height or weight. Regardless, I didn't qualify.

Residents' artwork goes viral

Residents' artwork goes viral

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Smile. That's the title of Mae Cleveland's colorful painting that won Best Overall Artwork in Signature HealthCARE's recent "Reflect N Us" competition.

Employers giving too much credit when hiring: research

Employers giving too much credit when hiring: research

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Employers often use correspondence bias when hiring, with potentially negative results, a study has found.

Residents angling for a good time

Residents angling for a good time

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Residents of the Cartmell Home for the Aged in Palestine, TX, can no longer participate in some of the area's popular pastimes, such as hunting and rodeo. But they can still show off their rod-and-reel skills.

'Happy days' here again

'Happy days' here again

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Georgia memory care unit uses 1950s-era design elements to cheer residents with reminders of what the local community once was

Ron Arrison, Executive Director, King's Daughters and Sons Home

Ron Arrison, Executive Director, King's Daughters and Sons Home

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Ron Arrison knows why he works at the interdenominational King's Daughters and Sons Home. "I believe God sent me here," he says. The former hospital administrator says he planned to stay a year. That was in 1987.

How consistent CNA assignments will help residents

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Consistent assignments for CNAs are discussed and implemented more frequently than they used to be. For the most part, research studies speak to the positive attributes of this model of care. From improved surveys to reduced staff turnover, it's hard to ignore the wave of empirical support.

Nursing home residents being treated successfully with Risperdal should stay on it, researchers recommend

Nursing home residents being treated successfully with Risperdal should stay on it, researchers recommend

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Taking nursing home residents with dementia off of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal might do more harm than good, according to new research.

Death and hospitalization rates associated with nursing home norovirus outbreaks are tied to lower nurse staffing rates, findings suggest

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Bad outcomes related to norovirus outbreaks in nursing homes are linked to lower daily registered nurse hours per resident, a recent analysis found.

Patients, residents, or something else?

Patients, residents, or something else?

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By any standard, assisted living and skilled care operators are taking care of customers who need more help.

McKnight's technology awards debut

McKnight's technology awards debut

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McKnight's has partnered with American HealthTech to establish the first annual "McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards — Connect Our World."

Effectively screen those residents

Effectively screen those residents

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It's not much of a surprise that many therapists are excellent at everything in their job — except screening.

Elderly residents are deficient in vitamin D, study says

Nearly all residents at a German geriatric rehabilitation hospital had insufficient levels of vitamin D, while more than two-thirds had severely deficient levels, a new study has found.

Double grief

Double grief

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The general public could never understand the emotional bonding that we have with our residents. Granted, not every resident pulls at our heartstrings. I enjoy watching how one particular resident will connect with a specific employee. For example, I might find a resident "challenging" while my co-worker will find her endearing.

Nursing home residents use iPad to vote in House primary election

Nursing home residents in five Oregon counties voted in a Congressional special primary election Tuesday via iPad tablet notebooks, thanks to a small pilot program.

After natural disasters: coping with resident and staff emotions

After natural disasters: coping with resident and staff emotions

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The Northeast just experienced an earthquake and a hurricane all in one week. The storm may have subsided, but it's likely residents and staff will still be facing a whirlwind of emotions. And it's likely that, sooner or later, you will have to deal with a natural disaster or other calamity. Here are some tips on how to handle such situations.

Safe resident handling programs reduce costs, injuries

Long-term care facilities with safe resident handling training programs have significantly lower rates of caregiver injuries than facilities without such programs, new research finds. Facilities with safe resident handling programs are also more attractive to potential employees, according to the study.

Study: Atypical psychotropics are not more dangerous than conventional antipsychotics

Atypical antipsychotic medications are no more dangerous than other conventional antipsychotics, antidepressants and benzodiazepines when it comes to treating nursing home residents, according to a new study.

Mind your p's and q's

Mind your p's and q's

Practicing good manners makes residents feel more comfortable and helps to motivate staff.

Vaccinating nursing home workers does not help prevent flu from spreading, study finds

Giving nursing home workers a flu vaccine is ineffective at preventing the spread of influenza among residents, a new Canadian study suggests.

Hollywood nursing home to close by end of year

After months of speculation, the Motion Picture and Television Fund said Tuesday the curtain will be closing on Hollywood's nursing home for members of the entertainment industry.

Regulators consider adding satisfaction surveys to nursing home rating system

Regulators consider adding satisfaction surveys to nursing home rating system

Federal regulators are meeting with nursing home operators and other key stakeholders today to discuss ways in which resident and family satisfaction surveys might be factored into the new facility Five-Star Quality Rating System.

Use of restraints decreases from 1999 to 2006 in nursing homes, report finds

The percentage of long-stay nursing home residents with restraints fell from 10.7% 1999 to 6% in 2006. That is from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's 2008 National Healthcare Quality Report.

Civil Money Penalty funds don't have to go directly to nursing homes, CMS notes

Civil Money Penalty funds don't have to go directly to nursing homes, CMS notes

A recently released memo from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services clarifies that Civil Money Penalty (CMP) funds are not just for nursing homes.