Mobility

Reexamine elopement risk assessments

Your answers to five questions may reveal that your program is missing key risk factors in keeping your residents safe from wandering. Read More »

Parkinson’s research: Summer Student Fellowships announced

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation and the American Parkinson's Disease Association announce new fellowships that provide opportunities for medical students to participate in Parkinson’s research. Read More »

Study recommends combining physical therapy exercise treatments to improve patient outcomes

People with knee osteoarthritis benefit from exercise therapy sessions spread out over the course of a year compared to consecutive sessions, according to new research. Read More »

AARP Innovation Fund aims to improves lives of seniors with tech

AARP and J.P. Morgan Asset Management will provide $40 million in assets to companies focusing on improving the lives of people ages 50 and older. Read More »

Achy afternoons

As we age, our bodies send signals that it wants to rest and regroup. For some residents, however, comfort involves more than putting one’s feet up or taking a nap. Read More »

New guidelines for fracture prevention in LTC communities

Canadian researchers issue updated recommendations to reduce fractures in frail residents at LTC facilities. Read More »

A malfunctioning power chair and the loss of independence

A power chair represents freedom to someone with a disability. But if the mechanism fails, losing that mobility can be frustrating. Read More »

Aide training days

Nothing beats on-the-job experience. A resident, especially one with physical challenges, can teach a new CNA valuable lessons in providing care. Read More »

Power chair challenges: Part 2

In Part 1, resident blogger Kathleen Mears shared her frustration when a motorized wheelchair did not accommodate her needs or became inoperable. In this installment, she shares more impacts when her assistive device doesn't work as it should. Read More »

Power chair challenges: Part 1

Battery-operated wheelchairs can improve a resident’s quality of life. But what happens when it goes on the fritz? Read More »

Upgraded SNF restorative program reduces falls

Dramatic results from a recent study indicate that integrating Progressive Resistance Exercise (PRE) into the active range of motion portion of a restorative program improves strength and balance. Read More »

Uber teams up with senior living communities to offer on-demand transportation

At the White House Conference on Aging this week, Uber announced it is teaming up with senior living communities to make transportation easier for residents. Read More »

OIG says SNF billing for changes in therapy needs improvement

The OIG recommends the CMS accelerate its efforts to begin a new method for paying for therapy.  Read More »

Dance fever!

Shall we dance? Activity professionals hail senior communities as ideal venues for bringing the joys and benefits of musical movement back to older adults. Read More »

Survival of the fittest

It’s never too late to start taking care of the body that takes care of you. Maintaining strength, muscle tone and confidence are instrumental in positive aging. Read More »

Plan for a tornado emergency

No strangers to severe storms, two long-term care execs at an Oklahoma CCRC pose four questions about preparing for this natural disaster. Read More »

Cognition and gait: How the brain thinks about balance

Exercising your brain may have as much to do with gait and balance as exercising your legs—and race may play a factor, too, says a recent study. Read More »

Sudden weight loss may be a precursor to frailty

Frailty is not an inevitable consequence of aging. For some older Americans, however, weight loss can contribute to dependence on mobility devices and more assistance with ADLs. Read More »

Hurricane Sandy: A lesson in survival

Extraordinary events call for extraordinary measures, especially in caring for special populations. Evacuation is more than simply staying “high and dry.” Read More »

Fall ends in death at an Illinois nursing home

A serious fall can happen at any facility, but an incident at a nursing home in southwest Illinois underscores the need for vigilance to keep residents safe. Read More »

Strength through collaboration

A skilled nursing facility and a local hospital in Pennsylvania team up to bridge the patient's transition from acute to a post-acute setting while delivering effective wound care. Read More »

Study: Do ‘soft’ floors reduce falls?

Trips, stumbles and falls can result in serious injury, especially for an older adult who might have balance issues or improper footwear or who might be using a cane or walker incorrectly. Read More »

New research could aid in stroke therapy, mobility

Stroke survivors and seniors with walking challenges could benefit from a battery-free technology that mimics the action of human tendons. Read More »

Several Connecticut nursing homes are fined by state

Abuse, non-reporting of incidents and slow response to a resident in pain are the basis for fines handed down by the Connecticut Department of Public Health in February. Read More »

Health, housing focus of new task force

Two former senators and two former Housing and Urban Development secretaries are leading a one-year Bipartisan Policy Center effort to address issues at the intersection of senior housing and health. Read More »

Unwarranted discipline

While order and efficiency need to be maintained, can a facility become too heavy-handed when a resident is delayed by other circumstances? Read More »

Study: Mexican American elders live longer, but often with a disability

A new study explores the patterns of functional decline of Mexican Americans as they age and the implications for their families. Read More »

Vitamin D and exercise reduce injuries but not falls, says clinical trial

A recent study assessed the efficacy of vitamin D and exercise in preventing falls, the leading cause of injuries and fractures in older adults. Read More »

Is a lift assist a community emergency?

One community finds its firefighters performing assistance tasks that should be addressed by caregivers or staff at skilled nursing facilities. Read More »

Alarms: A safety must or maybe?

A skilled nursing facility in a New York hospital has removed bed/chair fall alarm systems to becoming an alarm-free care setting in an innovative program to improve residents' quality of care and quality of life. Read More »