Q&A: Clinical best practices when gauging residents’ end-of-life preferences — a POLST expert weighs...
Apr 29, 2021
There’s a clear need to improve the quality of Physician’s Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, in nursing homes, says Susan E. Hickman, Ph.D. An expert on the subject, she spoke with...
COVID cases fall 82% in nursing homes; vaccination will help thwart variants, advocates say
Mar 03, 2021
The steep drop in coronavirus cases over seven weeks is a sign that vaccinations are working and are the key to a normalized life for residents, the AHCA/NCAL says.
Staff and residents differ in willingness to be vaccinated
Jan 04, 2021
There is a distinct contrast between the numbers of long-term care staff members and residents willing to receive the first round of COVID-19 vaccines, industry observers report. Education is key to supporting...
Nursing homes should consider testing workers more frequently than what CMS dictates: researchers
Nov 04, 2020
Nursing homes should consider testing staff members for COVID-19 more frequently after a new study found that the federal government’s coronavirus testing strategy may not be enough to identify asymptotic...
Residents with cognitive impairment face more hospital admissions
Oct 21, 2020
Respiratory distress was also linked to more admissions after ED transfers. In contrast, residents with falls, trauma or fracture, non-gastrointestinal bleeding, and pain were more likely to be discharged...
Program helped slash 1 in 3 preventable SNF resident hospitalizations
Nov 29, 2017
A federally-funded program aimed at reducing rehospitalizations among nursing home residents has cut avoidable hospitalizations by 33%, a new report shows.
Most older adults OK with dementia screening by phone: Study
May 02, 2015
People who believe in the benefits of catching medical problems early or have friends or loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease tend to openly embrace advanced screening for dementia, according to new...
Optimistic beginning for a hospital-avoidance program
Nov 04, 2013
It’s not hard to see why federal regulators want fewer residents going to hospitals. It’s good to see somebody’s trying to make it happen, too.