Providers still have two months left to achieve a reduction of 15% in off-label use of antipsychotics, a goal that is achievable, a top medical expert says.
Nursing homes would be required to issue monthly reports on antipsychotic drug use under a new Senate measure. The Improving Dementia Care Treatment in Older Adults Act is nearly identical to an amendment proposed in May by the same three lawmakers: Sens. Herb Kohl (D-WI), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). .
A legislative proposal would require long-term care facilities to produce a monthly aggregate report of antipsychotic utilization in each facility, in addition to conducting a drug regimen review process.
The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution intended to raise awareness for fall-prevention practices for the elderly.
A proposed bill would require nursing home staff to obtain informed consent from a resident or their legally designated representative acknowledging the potential risks and side effects associated with the antipsychotic medications.
If you were beginning to worry that some of long-term care's most prominent needlers had forgotten to show up for work for most of the last year, you weren't alone. Good news: They're OK and feeling back to their old selves. And it looks like they've recruited a new crony.
The Senate Special Committee on Aging is holding a forum Wednesday to commemorate the committee's 50th anniversary, titled: "Aging in America: Future Challenges, Promise and Potential."
Increasing funding for watchdog organizations is the most effective way to protect assisted living residents, according to testimony given by operator groups at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing yesterday.
Some 59% of community pharmacies provide critical long-term care services to patients and 100% of them face unprecedented challenges as 2011 gets into full swing.
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators this week approved Senate Resolution 633. The bill designates today, the first day of fall, "National Falls Prevention Awareness Day."
Regulation of continuing care retirement communities varies widely from state to state, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The report was released at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing on CCRCs.
A new governmental report released Wednesday shows that federal nursing home surveyors continue to identify more deficiencies in care than state surveyors, but the discrepancy is shrinking.
The American Health Care Association is supporting a new report that calls on government agencies, Congress and the medical community to address chronic pain as a public health crisis.
The Drug Enforcement Agency's efforts to combat narcotics abuse and theft in nursing homes actually negatively affect those residents and hospice care patients who need pain medications, two senators recently argued.
The Department of Justice should do more to ensure that elderly and disabled individuals have voting access, a recently released report found.
Several senators Wednesday introduced the Elder Abuse Victims Act to improve enforcement of elder abuse.
Nursing home caregivers, residents and representatives from national healthcare organizations gathered in Kennebunkport, ME, Wednesday. They came to send a petition to state lawmakers urging them not to cut Medicare funding for nursing homes.
The Senate Special Committee on Aging met Wednesday to address the importance of emergency and disaster planning and the need for improved coordination between policy makers and long-term care providers.