Kristy Wikum, Author at McKnight's Long Term Care News

Kristy Wikum

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Quick tips for rehab professionals

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for high blood pressure in adults 18 years of age and older. Both the American Physical Therapy Association and American Occupational Therapy Association websites reveal the importance of monitoring vitals. Logic dictates that anyone who provides interventions which impacts vitals should take baseline measurements and monitor the impact of physical interventions.

Therapy documentation: What to know

Did you know that some of the earliest “medical records” date all the way back to around 1600 BC? Those of us who have either been around long enough or know our history recognize that healthcare providers have always maintained healthcare records to one degree or another. With the upcoming new Medicare Patient-Driven Payment Model…

When your resident cannot swallow

Managing swallowing disorders (known as dysphagia) or helping older adults with the inability to swallow can pose quite a challenge. As people grow older  or experience neurological insults, such as a stroke, dementia or Parkinson’s disease, they may suffer swallowing problems which can include the inability to swallow safely.

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It’s time to bundle up

As we are moving towards new payment systems, it is imperative that we are involved and offer comments when we are able to as this will greatly impact us as providers. We also need to stay informed so we can modify our policies and procedures to be reflective of the changes.

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