October 01, 2013 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: October 01, 2013

Judah Ronch, Ph.D., Dean, Erickson School, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Wise beyond his years

Although he is one of the preeminent leaders in the field of aging, at least one of his friends says Judah Ronch is an under-recognized architect of nursing homes’ culture change movement.

Resident Nora Hora and a young friend enjoy the outdoors

Young and old flock together

Autumn is a busy season at Lutheran Life Community’s Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights, IL. “We see a lot of transitions from room to room, or new starts in the fall,” says Assistant Administrator Sarah Kurth. But Kurth is not referring to the home’s nursing and assisted living residents — she’s talking about its childcare program, Shepherd’s Flock.

Sen. Robert Singer (R-30)

State News

NEW JERSEY — A “bill of rights” for independent living residents of continuing care retirement communities hit the governor’s desk after passing out of the Senate in August. Sens. Robert Singer (R-30) and Jennifer Beck (R-11) sponsored the measure.

Sherrie Dornberger, RNC, CDONA, FACDONA, executive director, NADONA

As the care expert … about inhaler lifespans

If inhalers do not have a counter on the unit that tells us how many metered doses are remaining, we never know about discarding or continuing their use. I fear we are letting them live out their time in our medication carts beyond their stability. Is there a list available we could use to help us with how long to keep them?

Beatitudes staff member April Sillemon walks with resident Stephanie Trzeciak.

Biggest losers

Providers reveal strategies for reducing unneccessary antipsychotics use for residents with dementia, and meeting industry-wide medication reduction goals

ITUpdate

» A new system from researchers at MIT and Israel’s Technion and Tel Aviv University can confirm computer programs running on the cloud are working properly. The system ensures there is no malicious code that could compromise legitimate applications. The researchers presented study results from their system at the International Cryptology Conference. Their system would mean, for example, that medical data in a huge database could be searched for any patterns indicating a violation of patient privacy.

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