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March 2, 2021
AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, is recommending a “measured, stepwise approach” to resuming visitation and group activities in post-acute and long-term care settings while acknowledging gaps in clinical knowledge about...
February 17, 2021
Nearly half a million patients receive prolonged mechanical ventilation (PMV) annually, at a cost of over $35 billion. With COVID-19 putting a substantial burden on hospitals and other health care settings, there is tremendous interest in providing...
February 10, 2021
When is it no longer safe for an older loved one to drive? This is a dilemma that families often face, and it can cause conflict, stress, and anxiety. Older drivers often connect driving with their sense of independence and dignity. A new study in...
February 1, 2021
Nearly 570,000 residents and staff at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have received their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine through a federal partnership with CVS and Walgreens pharmacies, new federal data shows. But an estimated...
January 29, 2021
New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a report released Thursday that it was likely state health officials undercounted COVID-19 nursing home deaths by as much as 50 percent, bringing a controversial decision Governor Andrew Cuomo made...
January 29, 2021
Eli Lilly’s monoclonal antibody drug reduces the risk of contracting symptomatic COVID-19 among long-term care residents by up to 80%, according to new results from a phase 3 trial. Industry advocates are hailing the news. Eight weeks after...
January 28, 2021
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are proven medications of choice for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other disorders. However, the significant increase in use of PPIs for ill-defined indications over the years has been associated with...
January 26, 2021
Nearly half (43.9%) of people aged 65 and older in the United States consume alcohol. It’s not unusual for many individuals to want to continue drinking in some capacity after they enter a nursing home (NH). But this can become complicated with the...
December 22, 2020
The relationship between a patient and a family practitioner is a special bond that many people find to be indispensable. In fact, “relational continuity,” the therapeutic relationship between a patient and one or more providers spanning various...
December 17, 2020
Pneumonia is a common cause of hospitalization for nursing home (NH) residents, and this has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. While hospitalization may be necessary and appropriate to manage pneumonia in some residents, what happens when...