Long-term care nurses often ‘scramble’ to get family members’ blessing for palliative...
Apr 24, 2014
Nursing home residents might not transition to full palliative care until they are very near death, at which point nurses and family members act in a state of crisis, suggests recently published research...
Government would pay seniors to create advanced directives under Senate bill
Apr 16, 2014
Medicare beneficiaries would be paid to create advance directives and store them in an easy-access system if a recently proposed Senate bill were to become law.
Chances of peaceful death are three times higher for dementia residents with an advance directive, study...
Mar 17, 2014
Dying nursing home residents who have dementia display significantly less fear and anxiety if they have a written advance directive in place, according to recently published research findings.
Nursing home quality could improve with better palliative care interventions, large-scale trial shows
Jan 23, 2014
By following practices that are common in home-based hospice care, nursing homes can improve the comfort and dignity of residents who are dying, according to new study results.
Blanket ‘no-CPR’ policy can result in citation, CMS rules
James M. Berklan
Dec 01, 2013
Federal regulators have come out strongly against facility-wide policies that prohibit cardiopulmonary resuscitation for residents in distress.
The bridge is here for your personal aging planning — cross it
Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC
May 28, 2013
A new poll* finds that two-thirds of people 40 years old and older have done little or no preparing for the challenging and expensive reality of aging. I think most people seem to have the mentality, “I’ll...
What the family wants
Apr 18, 2013
When it comes to talk about palliative care and rehospitalizations, what should a provider do when the family is insistent on sending their loved one back to the hospital?
Many seniors will lose the ability to make their own health decisions, research shows
Apr 05, 2010
Nearly 30% of seniors will eventually need someone else to make healthcare decisions for them, according to a recent report.
Opinion on advance planning distorts bill’s intent
Jul 24, 2009
It’s not often that I read something that’s so wildly off the mark I feel the need to comment on it. Thursday, however, I came across an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal written by former New...