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

Print Issue: July 01, 2018

$7.5M award after employee must testify

A Pennsylvania jury awarded $7.5 million in May to the family of a dementia patient who was sexually assaulted by a fellow resident of her nursing home. After a two-week trial, a Lancaster County jury declared Maple Farm Nursing Center in Akron, PA, and its parent company 85% liable for the 2013 sexual assault. The…

60 Seconds With … Andrei Gonzales, M.D. Change Healthcare’s director of value-based pay initiatives

Andrei Gonzales, M.D. Change Healthcare’s director of value-based pay initiatives Q: How are SNFs pursuing value? A: Skilled nursing facilities that engage with physicians and acute-care hospitals are going to be more successful. Instead of just looking at what happens for that patient in skilled nursing, also understand where patients are coming from, where they’re …

Ask the Care Expert about … restorative programs

Why do most restorative programs include only breakfast and lunch in a nursing home program? And should nurses/dining assistants keep a log for each resident? Most of the time the dining program is done only at breakfast and noon due to restorative staffing and lighter nursing staff on evenings. A well-run program would be ideally…

How to do it … Mitigating worker injuries

Few things can cause a bigger setback in any long-term care facility than a workplace injury. Imbuing a safety mindset with each employee and constantly reinforcing safe practices can go far toward preventing them. Experts weigh in here with best practices and tips.

It’s not always risky if your residents are feeling frisky

A new study finds a single education session can improve long-term care nurses’ knowledge about resident sexuality. Researchers at Madigan Army Medical Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs in Tacoma, WA, offered nurses a 39-minute session on sexuality and intimacy among seniors. Participants included 21 nurses — ranging from aides to registered nurses —…

Capturing memories for seniors

School’s out for summer, but Sarina Helmer and Arlene Schmid will always be able to look back on the time they spent together. Helmer spent part of her senior year of high school putting together a living yearbook of sorts, an app-assisted video of Schmid’s life detailing everything from her days in the Girl Scouts…

Make some good news

If I’m going to be truthful about my Catholic School education, many of the lessons remain less memorable than the nuns who delivered them. Suffice it to say, assault and battery charges have been filed for encounters involving far less physicality. Despite the occasional bruises, it should be noted that the Dominican Sisters were trying…

Brain stimulation helps restore walking

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation could help stroke survivors regain the ability to walk independently, according to a meta-analysis of previous studies. Known as rTMS, the noninvasive technique uses magnetic coils attached to the scalp to deliver short electromagnetic pulses to specific regions of the brain. The knocking sensation is almost imperceptible, but the electrical currents…

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