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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...
December 8, 2020
Columbia, MD – AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care (PALTC) Medicine has released a COVID-19 vaccine education toolkit to answer the questions PALTC staff, patients, residents, and family members have about the vaccines. The Centers...
December 2, 2020
Columbia, MD – AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine strongly opposes policy the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized on December 1, 2020, to cut payments for evaluation and management (E&M)...
November 23, 2020
A study in the November issue of JAMDA demonstrated that a joint initiative between organizations in two countries encouraged quality transitions through a shared commitment to identifying needs; employing flexible, practical initiatives; and...
November 17, 2020
Apathy, depression, anxiety, delusions, hallucinations, sexual disinhibition, sleep disturbance, aggression, and other behaviors can be common in people with dementia. Effectively addressing these requires an individualized, case-by-case approach...
October 27, 2020
Both too much and not enough sleep can have negative ramifications for people of all ages. These range from obesity and cardiovascular disease to diabetes mellitus. Now a new study in the October issue of JAMDA suggests that too much sleep is...
October 21, 2020
From the start, COVID-19 presented many challenges for long-term care (LTC) facilities, partly because there were so many unknowns about the virus. Even as more has been learned, limited information still exists on the symptoms/signs and clinical...
September 29, 2020
Nursing home (NH) workforce instability, particularly for certified nursing assistants (CNAs), has been a growing challenge exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As facilities struggle to attract and retain good CNAs, effective leadership skills are...