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Drive Medical introduces bariatric rollator

Drive Medical introduces bariatric rollator

A new bariatric rollator from Drive Medical has a 400-pound weight capacity.

WeMontage provides removable wallpaper

WeMontage provides removable wallpaper

A new website allows people to transform digital photos into collages that are printed on removable wallpaper. Users can upload photos from their computer and arrange in their preferred order.

CenterLight Health System expands home health

CenterLight Health System, a New York-based long-term care provider, has launched CenterLight Certified Home Health Agency to provide short-term care to individuals who need skilled health services at home.

Price increases, not a larger senior population, are responsible for exploding healthcare costs: analysts

Price increases, not a larger senior population, are responsible for exploding healthcare costs: analysts

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Escalating healthcare costs in the United States cannot be pinned on an aging population demanding more services for chronic conditions. Instead, higher costs are primarily the result of price increases, according to a new analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Premera Blue Cross will enter Medicare Advantage market

Washington-based Premera Blue Cross will enter the Medicare Advantage market in 2014, the company announced Oct. 1.

Young and old flock together

Young and old flock together

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Autumn is a busy season at Lutheran Life Community's Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights, IL. "We see a lot of transitions from room to room, or new starts in the fall," says Assistant Administrator Sarah Kurth. But Kurth is not referring to the home's nursing and assisted living residents — she's talking about its childcare program, Shepherd's Flock.

Long-term care workers 'the worst' when it comes to flu vaccine

Long-term care workers 'the worst' when it comes to flu vaccine

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Many employee groups achieved significant increases in flu vaccination rates last season, but nursing home workers weren't among them, according to federal officials who handed out a "report card" on Thursday.

Part Two: Have we not been through this before?

Part Two: Have we not been through this before?

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Initially many thought that the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act will be a popular piece of legislation. However, while provisions were popular with providers and some seniors, many were not especially among seniors who had coverage, those who will pay more (so-called wealthy seniors), and the insurance lobby. So what has changed and what will lead us to believe that ACA will last?

Blood sugar, dementia link

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Seniors without diabetes but with higher than average blood sugar levels have an 18% increased risk for dementia, a new study shows.

Kitchen design assistance for facilities

Kitchen design assistance for facilities

Whether you are just starting out in the long-term care business, building a new facility from the ground-up, or simply swapping out finishes, fixtures and furnishings in existing spaces and units, there are special considerations for catering to your unique clientele.

The need for relationships through generations: Lessons from Southern Africa

The need for relationships through generations: Lessons from Southern Africa

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Cultivating intergenerational relationships has become a top priority for senior care providers. Recent experiences in southern Africa have caused me to reexamine how we engage seniors.

The naked truth about aging is quite an eye opener

The naked truth about aging is quite an eye opener

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The great South African golfer Gary Player has found an interesting way to gain additional media "exposure." The septuagenarian was recently seen gracing the cover of ESPN The Magazine. And by the way, a golf club was apparently the only thing he was wearing.

Aging and wellness: Why spirituality matters

Aging and wellness: Why spirituality matters

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While an increasing number of long-term care communities have included serving the spiritual needs of residents as part of their mission, few have dedicated sufficient resources to meet the need. Research shows that when it comes to optimizing the potential for well-being, this is a missed opportunity.

New study finds the terms we use inadvertently offends seniors

New study finds the terms we use inadvertently offends seniors

The terms we use to describe and communicate with seniors have either positive or negative associations. We recently conducted a new survey asking 1,114 participants their feelings and associations with the language used to describe seniors and senior living. The survey revealed certain terms and labels acceptable a generation ago, have rapidly become taboo or downright offensive.

Depressed, lonely seniors are more likely to get C. diff, researchers find

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People who are depressed or lonely are at increased risk of Clostridium difficile infection, according to recently published research.

The incredible shrinking industry

The incredible shrinking industry

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As you have conversations about being the partner of choice to help hospitals reduce readmissions, others are having conversations about how telemedicine in the home will become the new primary care office. As you strive to drive more Medicare business, experts are saying that there is excess care for seniors.

Bloomberg ban on plastic-foam containers would cost healthcare industry millions

Bloomberg ban on plastic-foam containers would cost healthcare industry millions

A plastic-foam ban could have a profound impact on the healthcare industry, from nursing homes and assisted living facilities to hospitals. Polystyrene foam cups have other advantages over paper cups in settings that cater to seniors.

Intensity of activities doesn't determine level of benefits for seniors, researchers say

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Mental and physical stimulation improves seniors' memory and thinking skill, regardless of how rigorous the activities are, according to a recently published study.

The latest skinny on walking: strong thigh muscles are key

The latest skinny on walking: strong thigh muscles are key

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Older adults who gained the most fat in their thighs and lost the most thigh muscle were at the greatest risk for a clinically meaningful decline in walking speed in a Wake Forest study of more than 2,000 adults between the ages of 70 and 79.

Removing the blinders: Lessons from abroad

Removing the blinders: Lessons from abroad

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Sometimes I wonder if it's human nature - and business nature - to be suspicious of others. To be wary of learning from others because of our "uniqueness." As businesses, we have a tendency to look at others in our market and point out the things that they do that wouldn't work for us, instead of finding the points of intersectio

Before the frat party, the nursing home

Before the frat party, the nursing home

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Some of us could live to be 150.

More seniors are hospitalized for respiratory disorders as the outdoor temperature rises, study finds

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Seniors are increasingly likely to be hospitalized for respiratory problems as it becomes warmer, according to a recently released study.

Southern providers charge less for care, East Coast price tags bigger, data shows

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The most expensive nursing home care is on average found on the East Coast, according to data released Wednesday.

Superior marketing success: It's NOT about your community

Superior marketing success: It's NOT about your community

Gaining a real understanding of your target market is more crucial today than it ever has been before. With increased competition and tighter budgets, you must know how to best spend your dollars and get the maximum return possible on that marketing investment.

Virtual care: Generating new revenue streams

Virtual care: Generating new revenue streams

As current residents "age out" of independent living and ALF settings, they are not being replaced by the next generation of seniors.

New U.S. News ratings show nursing homes a 'Maine' attraction

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Among states with high percentages of seniors, Maine did the best, with 30% of its homes earning a five-star rating.

Flu vaccine offered poor protection for seniors this year, CDC says

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This season's influenza vaccine was largely ineffective for seniors, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention numbers released Thursday.

Lack of nursing home input compromised obesity-lifespan studies, researchers say

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The exclusion of nursing home residents should cast serious doubt on studies showing a positive relationship between obesity and lifespan, according to a new report.

Some diabetics can take insulin right before meals, study finds

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Individuals with type 2 diabetes can eat immediately after injecting insulin without compromising their blood sugar level, according to a recently published study in the journal Diabetes Care.

Proposed IPAB repeal would benefit seniors, House lawmaker says

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A bipartisan group of legislators introduced a bill in the House of Representatives Wednesday to repeal the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) called for by the Affordable Care Act.

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