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Illegal pesticide use trial set to begin

A federal indictment charges that a pest control company’s misuse of products endangered public health and the environment in a score of Southern nursing homes.

 

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Focus groups: A window into your organization

Stakeholder surveys can reveal what organizations and residents value—and where long-term care facilities are missing the mark.

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Flooring trends: Carpet’s new options

Is your long-term or post-acute care facility ready for a remodel? Carpeting choices may deserve a fresh look in your flooring decisions.

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U.S. News issues Best Nursing Homes list

U.S. News & World Report has released its Best Nursing Homes 2014 list, including information on care, safety, health inspections and staffing. Facilities performing well in the CMS Nursing Home Compare program will like what they see.

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The weight of first impressions

More seniors are skipping the quickie day-tour and researching possible CCRCs through longer-stay visits. What kind of impression would your facility make if the "guest tour" lasted for four days and nights?

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CCRC shopping: One couple’s view

This Kentucky couple embarked on a six-state journey seeking a continuing care retirement community that could suit their needs. What they learned from their multiple-day stays at CCRCs can serve as important lessons for all LTC communities on what future residents are looking for—and not looking for—in their next home.

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Brookdale, Emeritus to merge in $2.8 billion deal

Once the merger of Brookdale Senior Living Inc. and Emeritus Corp. is complete in the third quarter of this year, the company will have communities in 330 markets, near 80 percent of the U.S. population.

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How to reduce variations in post-acute care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is eyeing variations in treatments for those in post-acute care settings with similar medical conditions in an effort to mitigate negative clinical and financial effects. The scrutiny is call to action for LT/PAC operators.

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Insurance spending provides look at long-term care preferences, needs

Long-term care insurance policyholders’ claims offer a glimpse into seniors’ care preferences and needs.

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LTC premium changes depend on gender, marital status, insurer

Long-term care insurance ultimately may help seniors afford your services, but they face premium increases or decreases depending on their gender and marital status, according to a new report.

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Is a liquor license key to attracting boomers?

Many of today’s seniors enjoy a daily cocktail. It’s their way of relaxing and putting the day’s worries behind them, to toast an achievement or cap off a celebration. Does senior living mark an end to that social outlet?

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Geriatric emergency departments at hospitals have implications for long-term care

Infrastructure/structural redesign efforts as well as new protocols and care processes are addressing senior needs and affecting hospital readmissions and the use of LTC facilities.

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Senior housing occupancy up from cyclical low

The National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry's MAP Data and Analysis Service has released its latest figures on occupancy, rent growth and construction for nursing care, assisted living and independent living properties.

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Merwick wins senior living landscape architecture award

Rehabilitation for the real world inspired this award-winning design for a  therapy garden that brings long-term and short-term residents together in year-round outdoor therapy spaces.

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Improving the safety culture in 2014

Nowhere in a facility is entirely free of safety hazards. Finding and fixing the potential areas of risk is key to an effective and compliant safety program.

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Challenges: Disinfecting soft surfaces [PODCAST]

In Long-Term Living's "Challenges" Editorial Podcast series, we ask industry experts to help solve specific problems within the long-term care and post-acute care environments. This installment: How to combat infectious microbes on soft surfaces like curtains, chairs and sofas.

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CCRC occupancy to stay the same or improve in 2014: report

Occupancy levels at nonprofit continuing care retirement communities will remain stable or improve in 2014, according to a new report.

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Legionnaires’ takes a toll at two senior care sites

A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in an Alabama nursing home leaves one person dead and a dozen others ill, while earlier this fall the same bacterium killed five and sickened nearly 40 in an Ohio retirement community.

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Laundry bleach: Friend or foe?

Facility laundry operations do an admirable job on maintaining linens and clothing. However, the laundry room can be a minefield of potential problems when caring for residents’ personal wardrobes, as Kathleen Mears has experienced.

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My history with facility transportation

Being able to get away from the LTC community is a big treat for residents if the transportation available meets their individual needs, as Long-Term Living resident blogger Kathleen Mears explains.

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CDC warns of Salmonella super-strains

Stronger, antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella are emerging, creating extra challenges for caregivers—and greater responsibilities for food service and housekeeping personnel.

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Don’t sweep summer under the rug

Summer’s gone. But it left your community—from resident rooms to kitchen—full of dust, pollen and other contaminants that can be hard on the health of frail or medically compromised residents, not to mention staff.

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Need a Ride?

For many long-term care facilities, one of the smartest business drivers is being willing to drive residents somewhere else. But adding transportation services means deciding whether to buy, lease or partner up for the right vehicles and personnel.

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Beyond rubber gloves: Housekeeping’s infection control role

The housekeeping department accounts for a large part of a facility's budget—and an even larger part of its infection control program. But even the most sophisticated cleanliness initiatives will go down the drain if staffers aren't properly trained in the specific protocols for each cleaning product.

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NY senior housing market shows resilience; Miami struggles

Compared to the 31-city metro housing composite, some senior housing markets have battled quite well against the slow economy, while others still wait for recovery, notes the latest data from the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.

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Assisted living communities can foster good reputations through personal interactions

As the state of New York winds down its Assisted Living Month, an association executive relays tips to help communities everywhere provide optimal care and demonstrate their value to residents, prospective residents and their families.

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Research seeks ways to improve long-term care offerings in reformed healthcare system

An academic powerhouse and several senior living service providers are joining forces to try to find ways to increase the quality of long-term care while decreasing unnecessary healthcare spending.

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Texas sees growth in SNF inventory; Ohio’s metro market declines

Three of the five fastest-growing cities for nursing care inventory in the second quarter are in the Lone Star state, while Cincinnati, Cleveland and Seattle see the greatest declines.

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A tale of two fires

The effectiveness of fire sprinklers in long-term care settings isn't usually front-page news, but without properly installed fire suppression devices, the results could be devastating.

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My search for a new home

Relocating to a new nursing facility is not as easy as it sounds, as Kathleen Mears describes in her quest to find accommodations that fit her needs and interests.

 

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