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

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Demand for workers will continue to climb

Demand for workers will continue to climb

The demand for skilled care workers will grow by 13% through 2026, according to the most recent Bureau of Labor projections. Overall, job growth in the healthcare sector is predicted to triple the pace seen in the rest of the nation’s economy. Continued expansion will reflect “efforts to shift care to the community and out…

Little Rock, AR, will host the annual NAHCA conference this month.

Two more states step in to help Skyline residents, staff

Arkansas and Pennsylvania were the latest states to seize control of facilities associated with the collapsing Skyline Healthcare nursing home chain. At least 76 Skyline-run facilities — some operating under the names of commingled entities — had been placed in receivership across the U.S. at press time. In Arkansas and Pennsylvania, state officials said they…

More die from falls, says CDC

More seniors are dying after falls, leading the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ask doctors and other caregivers to broach the topic more often. The agency noted in its most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that 30,000 Americans 65 and older died due to falling in 2016. That’s up from roughly 18,000…

U.S. Representative Peter Roskam

Few health-related bills are expected this year: Roskam

At least one prominent lawmaker is being straightforward about what providers can likely expect this fall from Congress. His stance? Not much. The influential chairman of the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee, Peter Roskam (R-IL), said that lawmakers likely will consider only two types of healthcare legislation the rest of this year: Medicare deregulation…

Hospital chain will own HCR

Welltower Inc. and hospital operator ProMedica are acquiring Quality Care Properties Inc. for nearly $2 billion in an 80/20 deal. QCP was in the process of purchasing HCR ManorCare, which is emerging from bankruptcy proceedings, when the deal was announced. The nonprofit ProMedica will become a nationwide healthcare entity when the deal comes to fruition.…

Workouts can hasten decline

Workouts can hasten decline

Moderate exercise may hasten Alzheimer’s if done regularly after diagnosis, a new study suggests. Oxford researchers found people with mild to moderate dementia who worked out in a gym twice weekly for up to 90 minutes saw their condition decline more quickly than peers. Although authors noted the differences were slight, they suggested moderate- to…

Insulin prices scrutinized

U.S. Senators and the American Diabetes Association called for greater transparency on insulin pricing, as well as other measures to help individuals with diabetes. A new American Diabetes Association white paper addressing the high price of insulin was released in early May to coincide with a hearing on the topic, held by the U.S Senate…

Indoor gardening gives residents a renewed sense of purpose: CEO.

Gardening therapy blooms with provider-vendor pact

A Long Island nursing home is the latest in the field to partner with a Seattle startup based nearly 3,000 miles away to use gardening as a remedy for its residents. Parker Jewish Institute of New Hyde Park, NY, announced in May that it has joined forces with Eldergrow to launch its new horticultural therapy…

Rating methods worlds apart

Users who rate nursing homes on social media often use more service-oriented criteria than government officials do, say academic researchers who stacked facilities’ Yelp reviews against Nursing Home Compare rankings. The study, the second by a team of gerontologists in California, examined 264 reviews of 51 nursing homes and tracked “code” phrases to see how…

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