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Staff empowerment is the cornerstone of person-centered care

In senior living communities across the country, COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted as vaccination rates among residents, family members and staff continue to increase. It isn’t surprising that many of us are feeling tremendous relief and excitement for a brighter future as we emerge from the pandemic. As we begin this period of reopening, though,…

The coming crackdown: COVID-19 and beyond

For more than a year, America’s nursing homes have been besieged by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has tragically claimed the lives of more than 130,000 residents and 1,600 staff. While America’s nursing homes are no outlier compared to nursing homes globally, the pandemic has nevertheless reignited debate about the American elder care system and regulators’…

Time to forgive those impossible choices

For anyone who thinks classic literature and caregiving have no overlap, I present for your consideration that 1866 great, “Crime and Punishment.” Back in high school, the book’s 700 or so pages and stodgy translation challenged even this avid reader. Yet, despite a slow start, it ultimately became one of my all-time favorites. That’s because…

Clinical briefs for Wednesday, April 21

CDC holds off on easing COVID guidelines for senior living communities … Genesis HealthCare announces millionth point-of-care COVID-19 test … Men may have higher odds of Parkinson’s if they sleepwalk … Older adults with hearing loss need added encouragement to be active: study … COVID hospitalizations plunge 46% among Florida seniors as immunity takes hold … Gum disease could give coronavirus easy access to the lungs, scientists say … Over-the-counter COVID tests, including BinaxNOW, head to chain retailers this week

Clinical briefs for Tuesday, April 20

FDA revokes approval for COVID antibody drug; others remain available … Once-a-week insulin treatment equals daily therapy in diabetes study … Two remedesivir drug combo treatments equally effective, NIH study finds … Bill would expand senior access to community pharmacies, advocates say … Boosters in our future? Drugmakers appear to be planning on it … CDC: Spring flu spike of years past hasn’t happened in 2021

Vaccine mandates are legal, but not without their own risks

With the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program now complete, responsibility for COVID-19 vaccinations of new residents and staff has shifted to the long-term care facilities themselves.  This leaves operators with the dilemma of whether to mandate employee vaccinations.   First, all long-term care providers are presented with the question of whether to mandate covid-19…

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