Long-term care planning, funding examined in survey

As those working in long-term care and policymakers grapple with how such care should be planned for and financed in the United States, a new survey reveals the attitudes and expectations of residents of one large, diverse state. Read More »

An unfortunate involuntary discharge

The kindness of strangers helps an involuntarily discharged nursing home resident with his immediate needs and plans for the future. Read More »

One-on-one with… Mary Ellen Bloodgood

In our latest executive profile, Long-Term Living spoke with Mary Ellen Bloodgood, CEO of Menorah Park in Syracuse, NY, to learn how she was instrumental in turning around a stand-alone nursing home into a campus that serves not only seniors, but others in the greater community. Read More »

Cleveland Clinic’s Cosgrove on short list to lead VA

With the resignation of Eric Shinseki last week, the job as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had an immediate opening. Read More »

Obama announces OMB, HUD nominations

President Barack Obama has announced nominations for the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and one organization representing aging-services providers is commenting on the decisions. Read More »

Project aims to clarify home health role for future

The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation is launching research, a workshop and a symposium to explore the delivery of Medicare skilled home healthcare to a growing population of older adults. Read More »

Protecting seniors from abuse is a national priority

Elder abuse happens more often than people like to admit. Whatever form the abuse takes—whether it’s physical, mental or financial—the costs are too high. Read More »

May is Older Americans Month

Their numbers continue to grow and they still exert a powerful impact on their families, friends, community and society as a whole. It’s time to honor and celebrate older adults. Read More »

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

It's not too late to inform your residents and community about Parkinson's disease, a chronic, progressive and life-changing movement disorder. Read More »

Should pharmacists be considered providers?

The Social Security Act says that pharmacists aren't providers. But many in the healthcare industry are now saying the expanded role of pharmacists, especially in long-term care, deserves another look. Read More »

BREAKING: Kathleen Sebelius to resign as HHS Secretary

In late-breaking news Thursday, Kathleen Sebelius is expected to resign as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Read More »

Week honors volunteers

Take time to honor those often-unsung heroes of long-term care who happily donate their time, talent and energy to making a difference to residents and staff. Read More »

HR 4302: AHCA, LeadingAge express mixed feelings

Leaders in organizations representing long-term care providers expressed satisfaction with some parts of the proposed law but disappointment with others in this Long-Term Living exclusive. Read More »

Senate passes HR 4302; what it means to SNFs

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that delays enforcement of the “two midnight rule” for certain hospital stays as well as creates programs to establish readmission-related measures for skilled nursing facilities and rewards for those facilities that meet them. Read More »

My conversation with Seth Rogen

A funny man is tackling an unfunny disease. Seth Rogen's Senate committee testimony and charitable efforts—and their after-effects—are helping to bring attention to Alzheimer's and the need for more research funding. Read More »

12 steps to QAPI: Step 4: Guiding principles

In Step 4 of the continuing series on QAPI, Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM, discusses the importance of a nursing home establishing its sense of self and communicating that image to all staff. Read More »

One solution to complaints? Stop investigating

Los Angeles area nursing home inspectors have been told to stop looking into some complaints as the county addresses a backlog of cases. Read More »

Staffing levels seldom cited by state surveyors

Sufficient staffing is an important, yet overlooked, component in providing quality care to nursing home residents, according to a new analysis. Read More »

CMS postpones some Medicare Part D changes

The agency will seek additional input before implementing several controversial proposals affecting the Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Part D prescription drug program. Read More »

Nursing home enforcement actions decreasing: LTCCC

Fewer citations aren’t a sign of better care; they’re a sign of danger to residents, says one advocacy group. Read More »

Obama’s FY15 budget proposal: What’s in it for long-term care?

President Obama’s budget for 2015 focuses heavily on healthcare, offering new funding for some and deeper cuts for others. Read More »

Long-term care policy lapses

Seniors and their families must take steps to ensure that plans they make to pay for care as they age do not get derailed unnecessarily. Read More »

Maine lawmakers mulling long-term care funding

Members of Maine’s legislature are considering the recommendations of its Long-Term Care Facilities Study Commission as the state grapples with how to pay for the care of its aging population. Read More »

Institute of Medicine names next president

An expert in hypertension, congestive heart failure and gene therapy for vascular disease has been named the next president of the advisory body the Institute of Medicine. Read More »

Challenging surveys

Deficiencies and enforcement actions don't always have to be accepted without a challenge. Long-Term Living's legal expert, Alan Horowitz, explains the steps to appealing state survey deficiency reports. Read More »

CVS taboos tobacco

As of Oct. 1, you’ll have to find cigarettes somewhere other than your local CVS. But if you develop a chronic cough, the in-store clinics will be there to serve you. Read More »

HHS rule grants direct access to residents’ lab results

A new federal rule will allow senior care residents and their family designees direct access to lab test results, encouraging consumer care involvement. Read More »

Alzheimer’s, diabetes, arthritis focus of new collaboration

Government agencies, drug companies and disease-focused nonprofit organizations are joining forces to develop new methods of diagnosing and treating diseases more quickly and at less cost. Read More »

‘Silver Alert’ would notify police, public of missing seniors

A proposed national alert system would notify law enforcement and the public when a senior or other adult is missing. Read More »

New research highlights the growing need for palliative care worldwide

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA) investigate the unmet need of palliative care globally. Read More »