Pet Therapy and Elder Care: A Winning Combination

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AARP ranks Oklahoma low in quality of care, other key categories

Several important indicators gauging the quality of care in Oklahoma’s nursing homes rank near or at the bottom in the U.S., according to a recent report released by the AARP Public Policy Institute.


Active Aging Week expected to have record participation numbers

What began as an incentive for older adults to lead healthier, more active lives has become a tradition involving hundreds of thousands of individuals in neighborhood groups, health and fitness clubs, parks and recreation sites, seniors centers and senior living communities from New York to New South Wales, Australia.


Nursing home admissions halted after resident’s injury, lack of treatment

The patient fractured her knees while falling out of bed in front of a nurse assistant, then complained of "intense pain," state records show. 


Collaboration program lowers SNF-to-hospital readmissions

The Enhanced Care Program fosters collaboration between medical staff and patients in settings where nurse practitioners were available around the clock.


New initiative aims to lower hospital readmissions

The Enhanced Care Program included direct patient care in which nurse practitioners were available 24/7, medication reconciliation at the time of transfer and educational in-services for the staff of the skilled nursing facilities in addition to standard care.


Wearable rehabilitation technology awarded $1.6 million National Institute on Aging grant

APDM Wearable Technologies has been awarded a National Institute on Aging SBIR Phase II grant totaling $1.6 million to commercialize a real-time biofeedback system.


Nursing homes may be illegally refusing residents in need of addiction treatment

Nursing facilities routinely turn away patients seeking post-hospital care if they are taking medicine to treat opioid addiction, a practice that legal experts say violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Researchers looking more closely at role of SNF in transitional care

In a new study, researchers decided to examine the role that SNFs play with regard to older adults' placements in long-term care facilities. Their study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.


Skilled nursing’s impact on reduced hospitalization

Under considerable pressure to demonstrate their worth as the health care system moves to value-based care, skilled nursing providers are monitoring patients more closely — even after discharge.