April 01, 2018 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: April 01, 2018

Pregnant employees fi red, EEOC sues

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission slapped a North Carolina rehabilitation and nursing center with a sexual discrimination lawsuit in March. It alleges the facility fired two pregnant employees, rather than accommodate work restrictions ordered by their physicians. The complaint alleges that Scottish Pines Rehabilitation & Nursing Center violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act when it…

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP ASCP, Chief Executive

60 SECONDS WITH… Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP ASCP, Chief Executive

Q: As the new CEO of ASCP, what is your No. 1 goal? A: I have a responsibility to our consultant pharmacist members to foster opportunities for them. With the aging population growing, and knowing they consume most of the medications in this country, it’s a very big opportunity for pharmacists who are skilled at…

How to do it: Memory care dining program

Memory care often calls for unique and innovative approaches in every facet of dementia residents’ facility experience, and dining is no exception. Experts offer valuable tips on how to minimize stress and promote a safe, pleasant and healthful dining experience.

Heart health is improved when there is less arterial stiffness.

Research links heart failure to sleep disorder conditions

Severe sleep-disordered breathing is linked with stiffening of artery walls and may be related to heart failure. In a new study in ESC Heart Failure, arterial stiffness increased according to the severity of sleep-disordered breathing in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. The findings suggest that treating sleep apnea and other sleep-related breathing…

Anthony Laflen, director of data analytics for Consonus

LTC earning seat at the table for preventing readmissions

Skilled-nursing leaders have long desired a seat at the table to help hospitals prevent readmissions, and a new collaboration aims to make it happen. Portland, OR-based Consonus Healthcare — which provides consulting, pharmacy and other services to long-term care facilities — has announced that it’s partnering with Collective Medical, a Salt Lake City firm that…

John O'Connor

The Big Picture: Things could be worse

There’s no doubt the skilled care sector faces its share of challenges. While there have been hardly any new facilities built in recent years, occupancy levels remain myopic or worse. And the long-awaited Silver Tsunami (and unprecedented numbers of ADL-challenged and post-op seniors) won’t reach shore for a few years. Then there’s the fact that…

Program helps dementia communication

A 10-week intervention to support couples affected by dementia shows coaching and role-playing can help improve communication between patient and caregiver. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing designed Caring About Relationships and Emotions to increase facilitative communication in the caregiver and sociable communication in the care receiver. The relationship focused…

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