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Getting a lift

May 22, 2017  |  Kathleen Mears

Hoyer lifts may help staff feel more secure about resident transfers, but blogger Kathleen Mears feels more uncomfortable and less independent when she can’t stand on her own two feet. 

The many faces of Alzheimer's

May 19, 2017  |  Nicole Absar, MD

Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is difficult. Atypical forms of the disease can be even more challenging to identify, requiring different assessment tools and interventions.

American Heart Association and home care startup partner for heart and stroke care

May 18, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

A startup home care company, Honor, is joining forces with the American Heart Association to bring front-line research and protocols to patients at home.

Calif. health plan tackles senior isolation

May 17, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Loneliness and isolation affect almost half of adults over age 65, yet few clinical programs address them head on as medical factors that affect treatment outcomes.

Recurrent falls linked to foot pain, posture

May 17, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Researchers found increased recurrent falls can be attributed to foot pain and flat feet. 

Closing the gap on end-of-life care wishes

May 16, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

When it comes to the last stage of life, there’s a big difference between what people say they want and what they do about it, notes a new Massachusetts survey.

Drug-resistant bacteria on hand—and in the nursing home

May 9, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

A new review shows that, on average, 27 percent of nursing home residents had multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB) on them, highlighting the importance of infection prevention programs.

Pixie Scientific launches UTI sensor pads

May 9, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The infection-detecting pads monitor for urinary tract infections and send an alert to care teams.

Argentum honors caregiver heroes

May 4, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The annual awards recognize excellence in providing care and resident quality of life.

Raising my voice

May 1, 2017  |  Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears speaks about what it’s like to get laryngitis and why it’s especially scary and difficult as a quadriplegic. 

Will RUGs be swept under the rug?

April 30, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

A new advanced rule-making notice from CMS seems to indicate that Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs) may be headed for big changes, especially for SNF therapy billing. But, what will replace them?

Medicaid, Medicare and Mary Jane

April 26, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Surprise—states that have legalized medical marijuana have far lower Medicaid and Medicare Part D prescription costs for certain chronic conditions, say recent studies. Will this get CMS' attention?


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