Comfort focus improves lives of those with advanced dementia

Prioritizing comfort in the care of residents with advanced dementia enabled one nursing home to reap many rewards for residents and their families, the community and staff members. Its innovative model was detailed in a Sept. 8 workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine. Read More »

Post substitute menu selections

“Choice.” It is the magic word of culture change. What happens when residents are not given enough choices, especially at mealtimes? Read More »

44% of assisted living residents visiting EDs have malnutrition: study

Results of a recent study may have you thinking about offering malnutrition screening to residents, as well as helping to address underlying issues. Read More »

Meeting the new dining standards

What’s for dinner? Are you planning and serving residents meals that are in line with the new dining standards? A new toolkit helps to implement these requirements. Read More »

Anyone for hummus?

Appetites change, and dietary requirements might need adjustment, but meals always should be appetizing and healthful. A little creativity in the kitchen also is a plus. Read More »

Effect of Mediterranean diet on cognitive decline varies by race: study

The Mediterranean diet may have broad health benefits, but its effect on cognitive decline differs among race-specific populations, according to a new study. Read More »

Alzheimer’s disease research highlights prevalence, detection, treatment

Several studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark, shed light on the prevalence, detection and treatment of the disease. Read More »

Doctor at a distance

We are expected to be on time for medical appointments but usually end up sitting in the waiting room. Compound that wait with a long round-trip ride and that one appointment can take all day.  Read More »

Nutrition screenings vital to senior health: review

Nutrition screenings should be a mandatory part of the comprehensive geriatric analysis, according to one expert. Read More »

Casey Kasem receiving comfort care

The 82-year-old former syndicated radio personality, experiencing sepsis, dementia and Parkinson's disease, is now receiving comfort care in a Washington state hospital, according to a media report. Read More »

SNF sees $3.3M verdict in negligence case

A jury has returned a $3.3 million verdict against a Colorado skilled nursing facility after the sister of a resident claimed negligence in a civil suit. Read More »

Let them eat print!

The space program introduced a nation to Tang beverage crystals and the microwave. A new technology may change the way that long-term care residents dine. Read More »

ALFA bestows awards

Dedication and innovation were recognized when the Assisted Living Federation of America bestowed awards on individuals and organizations at its annual conference. Read More »

Survey reveals senior living wishes of prospective residents

A new survey provides some insights into how Americans select senior living communities for themselves or their loved ones. Read More »

An extra cup of coffee may ward off diabetes

Adding just one more cup of coffee to your diet each day may help to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. Read More »

Adaptive spoon cancels hand tremors

People with Parkinson’s disease or essential tremors have difficulty getting food from the plate to their mouth. New technology helps to restore dignity in dining. Read More »

Household dining yields lower costs, higher satisfaction

A household dining model using satellite kitchens results in lower net costs for communities and an improved dining experience for residents, based on the experiences of one facility owner and operator. Read More »

Brain-healthy recipes focus of contest

A senior living provider is sponsoring a recipe contest that focuses on healthful ingredients. The winner will receive phone time with a neuropsychologist as well as a gift card. Read More »

Five Star partners with celebrity chef Brad Miller

Senior living and healthcare services company Five Star Quality Care has hired celebrity chef Brad Miller to create signature recipes to incorporate into the company’s menu and to host on-site community events. Read More »

Advance directives highlighted by April 16 effort

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. Do you know the obligations of healthcare institutions? Read More »

FDA glucose meter standards: Proposal concerns some

Some healthcare professionals are raising concerns that more stringent glucose monitoring system standards proposed by the FDA would affect availability of the devices for use in nursing homes and other settings. Read More »

Tablet technology aims to mitigate concerns of in-home care for seniors

A senior services company uses tablet technology to aid in care provision at home. Read More »

Diabetes Alert Day

The American Diabetes Association Alert Day may be only one day, but senior communities can harness it as a way to create better health habits all year. Read More »

Depression vs. appetite

Not eating can pose a serious threat to a resident’s health. What happens when a resident’s “right” becomes dangerous to his or her health? Read More »

Healthful midlife diet may prevent dementia later

Here's something for senior living communities to keep in mind when devising menus or suggesting food choices for residents: A healthful diet in midlife may prevent dementia later on, according new research. Read More »

High-protein diet may ward off functional decline

A diet high in protein, particularly animal protein, may help older men maintain a higher level of physical, psychological and social functioning, according to new research. Read More »

Facilities using state data to improve quality

Leadership and staff of long-term care (LTC) facilities are focusing their quality improvement efforts on areas that residents value the most by using a tool originally designed for consumers and their families, says one state’s LTC ombudsman. Read More »

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. Read More »

Reauthorizing OAA: Maintaining flexibility, addressing demographic changes

The Older Americans Act should be reauthorized with a focus on maintaining program flexibility and addressing demographic changes, according to policy and aging experts who testified during a recent government hearing on the matter. Read More »

Text messages improve diabetes care

A study shows that a text-messaging program for diabetics can result in better care and lower costs.  Read More »