Amy Novotney, Author at McKnight's Long Term Care News

Amy Novotney

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Virtual reality can improve gait among those with MCI

Past research has shown that older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and low performance in attention and executive function are more likely to experience gait slowing, instability and future falls.  But a new study with older adults in Taiwan suggests that virtual reality may be able to help seniors with MCI improve their cognitive…

McKnight's Long-Term Care News, August 2019, page 28, Feature 1, Laundry

Honest engines

Every day, Garden Spot Village, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Holland, PA, manages about 1,250 pounds of laundry. It’s all done in-house — a dirty job that’s no small feat for a community with 65 personal care and 72 skilled nursing beds.

LTC nurses will work for less if engaged

Nurses in long-term care who feel engaged in the workplace and proud of what they do appear less likely to leave their jobs and have an easier time accepting a lower salary, finds a study by Chinese researchers published in Contemporary Nurse.

Law would levy fines over staff shortages

Nursing home staff and administrators are cheering the Illinois governor’s signing of a bill that will penalize providers who understaff their facilities. State lawmakers passed legislation last month that fines nursing homes that don’t meet the state’s required 2.5 hour daily direct-care level. The push for fines was prompted in part by a 2018 investigation…

SNFs, therapists to pay $9.7 million due to billing dispute

Four skilled nursing facilities and a physical therapy center in the Chicago area have agreed to pay $9.7 million to resolve allegations of False Claims Act violations. Quality Therapy & Consultation worked with the SNFs to increase Medicare reimbursements related to RUG scores, according to a civil whistleblower lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court…

Helping senior with technology

iPad-like technology helping elders and disabled connect

In 2013, when Nancy Likens, director of the Soprema Senior Center and Café first came up with the idea of using the café as a job-training site for volunteers from the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities, she wasn’t quite sure how the two groups — senior citizens utilizing her center and adults with developmental…

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