Senior Services

Congress: The ball is in your court

The building crisis in financing and providing effective long-term care services and supports is an ever-growing problem as discussed in a report by the Commission on Long-Term Care. Read More »

ADL difficulty points to LTSS need, researchers say

Almost half of Medicare beneficiaries aged at least 65 years, among them nursing home residents, reported trouble or the need for assistance with activities of daily living in a recent study. 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 »

Country’s first substance abuse progam for SNF residents opens in NY

New York senior healthcare chain is opening the country’s first substance abuse program integrated with the skilled nursing setting. Read More »

Study questions value of some home health providers

The findings of a new study have its authors questioning Medicare reimbursement for for-profit home health agencies. Read More »

Conference on Aging leader, website announced

A leader, website and potential topics for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging have been announced. Read More »

A surprise transport

Not only distance but transportation arrangements can make a trip to the doctor’s office a logistical nightmare for a person with disabilities. Read More »

Those with dementia benefit from peer support groups

Peer support groups positively affect people in the early stages of dementia, according to the results of a project. Read More »

Sense and reason prevail at CMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is set to drop doctors’ face-to-face narrative requirement for home health coverage. Read More »

Who should offer psychotherapy in nursing homes?

A new analysis finds that obstetricians/gynecologists, thoracic surgeons, primary care physicians and others are being reimbursed by Medicare for offering group and individual psychotherapy services to those living in intermediate and long-term care facilities. Read More »

ACHA/NCAL announces award winners

Programs and volunteers are being recognized by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) 2014 awards program. Read More »

Guest blog: Initiative ponders path for home healthcare in the future

Current Medicare requirements challenge home healthcare, but a new initiative is identifying infrastructure, workforce, research, technology and policy needs to facilitate change. 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 »

Projects for frail elderly receive federal funding

Collaboration and technology figure prominently in projects across the country earmarked for up to $360 million in funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Care Innovation Awards program. Read More »

Disappearing washcloths

Everyone knows that washing machines and dryers live on a diet of socks. Long-Term Living resident blogger Kathleen Mears notes that washcloths seem to be the meal of choice of facility laundry equipment. Read More »

Assisted living, HCBS growing in use, Census Bureau report finds

The share of older Americans living in skilled nursing facilities is decreasing, whereas options such as assisted living and home- and community-based services appear to be growing in popularity, according to a new report. Read More »

Home health payments reduced $58 million under CMS proposal

Payments to home health agencies would decrease by 0.3 percent in fiscal year 2015 under changes to the Medicare prospective payment system proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS will accept comments on the proposal until Sept. 2. Read More »

Doctors helpful when it’s time for seniors to stop driving

Physicians can be valuable allies when adult children or others think it’s time for seniors to stop driving, according to a new survey of older adults. Read More »

Dementia-related LTSS: Report offers policy blueprint

A new report offers suggestions for improving long-term supports and services for those with dementia, including changes for residential care and the direct-care workforce. 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 »

Rehab services: Staff or contractor?

Three factors will help you determine whether to use in-house or outside resources for rehabilitation and therapy services, say those who have been there. 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 »

Home health providers, others charged with false billing

A six-city effort has resulted in charges against 90 people for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving what the government says is approximately $260 million in false billings. 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 »

Leaders of Tomorrow: Bernadette Ledesma, MPH, LNHA

Congratulations to Long-Term Living 2014 Leaders of Tomorrow honoree Bernadette Ledesma, MPH, LNHA. Administrator, advocate and educator she is instrumental in ensuring top-down quality care for Hawaii’s seniors. Read More »

Leaders of Tomorrow: Beverley Laubert, MA

Congratulations to Long-Term Living 2014 Leaders of Tomorrow honoree Beverley Laubert, MA. The state long-term care ombudsman in Ohio is bringing her innovative efforts to the national arena as chair of the Advancing Excellence board. Read More »

6 questions to ask LGBT residents

Nurses are key contacts in addressing the challenges of LGBT older adults to improve quality of care for this culturally diverse segment of the LTC population. Read More »

New initiative looks for solutions to LTSS challenges

Several former government officials and policy experts are coming together in an effort to find a way to improve the financing and delivery of long-term services and supports for the country’s aging population and working-aged people with disabilities. Read More »

What seniors want

Research highlights the interior features and community amenities most valued by older adults when it comes to their living spaces. Read More »