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February 6, 2019
A guide out this month gives skilled nursing leaders more direction on the use of telemedicine to better treat residents. Experts with the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and several other institutions, compiled the guidance using...
January 30, 2019
​Middle-aged and older individuals who display muscle weakness and/or have a combination of muscle weakness and low vitamin D levels run an increased risk of not being able to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, toileting,...
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 16, 2019
A small group of nursing home residents in New York City has seen concrete improvements in pain management and other medical issues through the use of medical marijuana — and as the drug becomes legal in more jurisdictions, the SNF residents of the...
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 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 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 4, 2018
Crafting marijuana policies in senior housing is tricky, but it’s becoming more important with each passing year. There’s a good chance of at least some marijuana or cannabis product use among any senior housing resident population, according to Dr...
November 27, 2018
Patrick Connole ​A new study in JAMDA provides information on how skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) can continue to manage the prescription of antipsychotics at a time practitioners are using greater caution than ever in how they distribute such...