LTC staff to receive free behavioral health training in new federal program
May 17, 2022
The new $15 million program will focus on workforce skills in an effort to strengthen behavioral healthcare delivery in long-term care facilities, HHS announced Monday.
Clinical briefs for Tuesday, April 26
Apr 26, 2022
iCare capitalizes on skilled nursing’s behavioral health opportunities … New trial data confirms that overactive bladder drug reduces urgency … Eli Lilly marketing campaign sets stage for Alzheimer’s...
iCare’s Chris Wright: Seizing on skilled nursing’s behavioral health opportunities
Apr 25, 2022
For more than 20 years, Chris Wright has been doing what many other nursing home operators either can’t or won’t: taking patients with behavioral health diagnoses, treating them with embedded,...
Clinical briefs for Monday, Dec. 6
Dec 06, 2021
Telehealth use increased 63-fold during pandemic; behavioral health tops list … Repeat colonoscopies recommended too often for the elderly, study suggests … Higher resting heart rate in elderly linked...
Communication and collaboration yields a reduction in behaviors
Oct 25, 2021
Reducing antipsychotic medication use in long-term care residents has been a focus for both nursing home operators and practitioners for nearly 10 years since the launch of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid...
The next pandemic is just starting
Oct 06, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to earn the country’s attention, and rightfully so. New waves of outbreaks and new variants are likely to be a fact of life for the foreseeable future. Without a doubt,...
The most critical gap in patient care: Post-discharge behavioral health
Sherie L. Friedrich, PsyD
Sep 28, 2021
Spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare industry has experienced a marked shift to home-based care as more and more patients – including seniors – opt to recover at home rather than in a long-term...
Behavioral telemedicine can improve geriatric mental health
Sherie L. Friedrich, PsyD
Feb 02, 2021
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, skilled-nursing facilities have focused – rightly so – almost entirely on infection control and maintaining the health and safety of residents and staff....
New behavior management guidelines support person-centered dementia care
Nov 18, 2020
Properly addressing the distress that underlies dementia-related behaviors is key to improving quality of life and preventing rapid decline in these patients, according to new guidance from leading dementia...
Lower-rated facilities get more Alzheimer’s admissions: study
Jun 29, 2020
Highly rated operations had 3% fewer newly admitted residents with Alzheimer’s. CNA wages and Medicaid add-ons may play a role in the findings, report investigators.