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January 16, 2019
A small study by one noted New York long-term care provider finds promising results in the use of marijuana to help treat nursing home residents. The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, in the Bronx, first launched its “innovative” new cannabis program in...
January 10, 2019
Cannabis has been used as a recognized therapy for pain relief and symptom management for some time. However, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and other post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) settings face challenges using cannabis with their...
January 7, 2019
An influential group representing doctors in long-term care has urged nursing homes, when possible, to avoid prescribing opioids to residents. The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care, or AMDA, issued a new policy statement on the use of...
December 20, 2018
A bipartisan bill that authorizes $100 million in funding over five years to create a new public health infrastructure to combat Alzheimer’s disease is headed to the president’s desk after being passed Wednesday night by the House of Representatives...
December 18, 2018
Identifying, assessing, and managing pain in residents has long been a top priority for nursing home (NH) practitioners and interdisciplinary teams. A new study in the December issue of JAMDA suggests that combining educational and organizational...
December 10, 2018
Poor oral care in older individuals can produce a cascade of problems—including pain, weight loss, diminished self-esteem, speech problems, periodontal disease, and even pneumonia. A study published in the December issue of JAMDA showed how staff...
December 7, 2018
Following my C-section earlier this year, I was fortunate to be able to access heavy-duty pain medication. Until we discovered my pain pump wasn’t working. That was unfortunate, but luckily I was young(ish), in good health(ish) and had a new baby...
December 7, 2018
On November 20, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new program designed to improve nursing home residents’ safety and quality. CMS is now offering funding for certain resident-centered projects through a three-...
December 5, 2018
The board of directors of AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care (PALTC) Medicine has approved a policy statement on opioid use in nursing homes. It calls for (1) providing access to opioids when indicated to relieve suffering and to...
December 5, 2018
The board of directors of AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care (PALTC) Medicine has approved a policy statement on opioid use in nursing homes. It calls for (1) providing access to opioids when indicated to relieve suffering and to...