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March 29, 2019
As residents become older and more frail, some facilities are bringing in doctors and nurses instead of relying on 911. “The assisted living industry has to recognize that the model of residents going out to see their own doctors hasn’t worked for a...
March 15, 2019
Industry advocates are praising proposed legislation that says patients under “observation status” at a hospital would be eligible to satisfy Medicare’s three-day requirement necessary for skilled nursing coverage. A beneficiary currently must spend...
March 13, 2019
Members of AMDA–The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine should adopt a policy of “comfort feeding” for certain residents with dementia rather than honor advance directives that indicate criteria that otherwise would trigger an order...
March 7, 2019
A group of researchers in Italy is calling management of dysphagia a priority issue for nursing homes after studying the swallowing disorder and its role in mortality. Led by Nikolina Jukic Peladic, Ph.D., of IRCCS-INRCA, a geriatric research...
February 25, 2019
Assisted living communities are now the fastest-growing component of post-acute and long-term care, or PALTC, in the United States. As residents have gotten older and their health conditions more medically complex, these communities are looking more...
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 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 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 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...