We made the decision to invest in a robust aquatics program. Many of our facilities offer therapy pools with integrated underwater treadmills and resistance jets.
Nursing home residents might benefit from a new way of diagnosing and treating sepsis made possible by discoveries out of the University of British Columbia.
Chronic underfunding of the Older Americans Act is leading to unnecessary long-term care facility admissions, Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and 26 of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate said in a recent letter to Appropriations Committee leaders.
Large number of hospitalizations could be prevented for cognitively impaired residents on feeding tubes, researchers findMarch 25, 2014
Residents of long-term care facilities who are cognitively impaired and on feeding tubes have high numbers of potentially preventable emergency room visits and hospitalizations, according to newly published research findings.
Elderly patients taking antipsychotics should be carefully monitored, especially after they first start taking the medication, due to a higher risk of hospitalization, a new study finds.
Dual eligibles who move from a long-term care facility to home- and community-based services have a 40% increased risk of a potentially preventable hospital stay.
A fourth of the 3.3 million Medicare beneficiaries who lived in a nursing home in 2011 were hospitalized for at least one day. This came at a cost of $14.3 billion, according to a Nov. 18 report from the Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Health and Human Services.
Caremerge's Quality Measures program is simple to use but can help long-term care providers thrive in an increasingly complex healthcare system, according to Ruta Prasauskas, RN, MHS, director of wellness at BMA Management Ltd. in Illinois.
An "epidemic" of inappropriate diuretic prescribing is hitting seniors, a top researcher says. The drugs are widely overused to treat arterial hypertension, heart failure and renal disease, said Martin Wehling, M.D., in a recent issue of JAMDA.
Three-fifths of long-stay nursing home hospitalizations could have been avoided, according to a new study. The majority of the avoidable hospitalizations were for infections, injuries and congestive heart failure, researchers said. Institutions involves in the study were the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, Social & Scientific Systems, Inc., and Abt Associates.
As a long-term care geriatrician, it is my core belief that clinicians need to recognize the true value of what we can accomplish together by improving the quality of patient care through reducing avoidable hospitalizations.
Long-term care nurses should embrace a physician assessment tool in INTERACT II as a way to reduce hospital readmissions, a compliance expert emphasizes.
It's noteworthy that the Taylor Care Center in Jacksonville, FL, recently marked the 100th birthday of two residents by inviting an Elvis impersonator to perform. More remarkable: The event celebrated 42 residents who are at least 90.
Numerous social factors tied to readmission risk for pneumonia and heart failure patients, study saysOctober 22, 2012
Providers should consider social factors, such as race, gender and whether a person is a nursing home resident, when assessing readmission risk among pneumonia and heart failure patients, new research finds.
A new federal program aimed at the reduction of hospitalization among nursing home residents, especially dual eligibles, announced seven health system participants Thursday.
According to The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, the ACA tackles the issue of costly hospital readmissions by focusing on hospitals, but ignores skilled nursing facilities. The Alliance has therefore proposed an interim solution based on proposals the Obama administration has offered the "super committee."
Consultations with pharmacists, in collaboration with physicians in community-based settings, did not lower mortality and hospitalization rates of heart failure patients, new research finds.
The likelihood of being hospitalized for heart failure was roughly 30% less in 2008 than 1998, a new study revealed.
A significant portion of Medicare expenditures for dementia residents in nursing homes is spent on aggressive treatments that could have little clinical benefit, according to a new study conducted by the Institute for Aging Research.