Senior Care Blog

  • Nursing Homes With Higher CMS Ratings Have A Lower Risk For COVID-19 Outbreaks

    A recent report, published in the CDC publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report suggests that nursing homes with higher quality ratings on the CMS star rating system had a lower risk of having a COVID-19 outbreak than did facilities with lower ratings. This CMS Nursing Home quality ratings vs COVID-19 ...

  • Medication Management for Seniors

    Do: ask questions, take as directed, report side effects or problems with medication, notify prescriber if using “as needed” AKA PRN meds frequently, monitor vitals, if recommended. Don’t: mix meds with alcohol, skip doses, take less than directed by your provider, or stop taking prescriptions without discussing with the prescriber. ...

  • Alzheimer's Disease and Repetitive Behavior

    Alzheimer's is a brain disorder that causes issues with behavior, memory, and thinking. This brain disorder is prevalent and affects more than 3 million elderly people per year in the US. If you are a caregiver to someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, then you know just how debilitating ...

  • How to Increase Occupancy in Your Assisted Living Facility

    How do you increase occupancy in your assisted living facility? This is a question that many who are trying to bring in more residents are asking. Here are a few ways to help draw in and keep residents happy at your facility. Independent Senior Living Marketing Ideas To increase occupancy, ...

  • Reasons for Nursing Home Admissions

    When you or a loved one is hospitalized, a nursing home admission might be suggested during discharge planning. Many factors are taken into account as the hospital case manager works with you to coordinate your care transition. Skilled nursing care bridges the gap between acute care settings like hospitals and ...

  • DME: Durable Medical Equipment

    DME is a common need for patients being discharged home from a care facility. Obtaining necessary items for safety and independence doesn’t need to be complicated. Here are some tips and information about getting the required equipment for a successful transition home. How to Get DME The treating therapists in ...

  • The Survey Process For Nursing Homes / Skilled Nursing Facilities

    Nursing homes undergo surveys annually to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. There is an exception in which a facility can become a Special Focus Facility (SFF), meaning there is increased scrutiny by state regulators. With two surveys annually, surveyors can show up to a facility at any time. ...

  • The History Of Nursing Home Regulations

    When the US enacted the Social Security Act of 1935, a public assistance program for the elderly called Old Age Assistance (OAA) made installments to care facilities for impoverished elderly. Nursing homes started to open due to regulations forbidding payment to public institutions like poorhouses. Rules on the industry followed, ...

  • What You Need to Know About a Medical Power of Attorney and Nursing Home Care

    When you have a loved one in a nursing home or about to reside in a nursing home, there are certain elements you need to understand. One of these pieces of information is knowing what a medical power of attorney (POA) is. Let's try to explain what kind of power ...

  • Nursing Care Plans for Alzheimer's Patients

    Nursing care plans for Alzheimer’s patients are a necessity for their care and health. When your family has come to the point where you must put one of your loved ones into a nursing home, it is never an easy decision. Care of patients with Alzheimer’s is not an easy ...

  • Care Management Software for Long Term Care Facilities

    Care management software in the healthcare field is needed for a variety of reasons. Care management is a variety of activities to improve patients’ care and lower the need for medical services. Care management is essentially put into place to allow medical staff and those providing care to handle medical ...

  • Senior Memory Care Management

    Memory care management is crucial for those who suffer from dementia or memory issues. Alzheimer’s patients and those with dementia need memory care management to remain safe and healthy. If you care for a loved one with memory issues, you understand how vital memory care management is. Caring for a ...

  • How To Solicit Google Reviews For Your Skilled Nursing Or Assisted Living Facility

    For a smaller nursing home or assisted living facility, the best way to efficiently solicit positive Google reviews is actually to request them one at a time. A broadcast email will be less effective at getting a good number of responses. The same holds for a social media post requesting ...

  • Staff to Resident Ratio in Nursing Homes

    Care provided in nursing homes is expensive. Even when the costs are covered by private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare , long-term care facility costs for an older adult can come with a considerable price tag. So, when family members have to decide to place an older person into a nursing ...

  • How to Handle a Combative Dementia Patient with Patience

    When caring for a loved one or a patient with dementia, one of the hardest duties to encounter is when they become combative. Of course, we understand this is just dementia and not really who they are, and we want to be as compassionate and caring as possible. Understanding dementia and symptoms help when dealing with different complexities.

  • The Top 8 Tips For Managing Dementia as a Caregiver

    Family members caring for a loved one with dementia will eventually become overwhelmed; it’s unavoidable. As the disease progresses, there will be more challenges to keep the person safe, nourished, and comfortable. What can you, as the primary caregiver do to help yourself and the person in your care? Reality ...

  • Reopening US Nursing Homes - What's The New Normal?

    What’s the "new normal?” The answer to that question lies mainly in the policies of your location. Depending on the reopening phase of the locality, not all facilities are open to visitors yet. CDC guidance is evident on the requirements for cautiously reopening while mitigating the spread of the novel coronavirus. The practices and policies discussed below were enacted at the coronavirus pandemic outset and will continue indefinitely.

  • Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care: What's the Difference?

    In simplest terms, a patient can pursue a cure while receiving palliative care, while hospice patients forego further treatment. Both approaches emphasize person-centered care and easing uncomfortable or distressing symptoms. Hospice incorporates palliation of symptoms. Many misconceptions about disease management approaches cause patients to become uneasy when healthcare professionals broach either topic.

  • Safety and Medication Management for Dementia Patients

    The elderly person with dementia will eventually need to have his medication administration monitored. Forgetfulness contributes to non-adherence to the medication regimen. However, psychiatric symptoms can do the same. Paranoia is not uncommon, and the person may be suspicious and refuse to take medications out of fear that someone is trying to cause them harm. As an aside, this also happens with food and fluids. Frequent medication reviews should take place, and the prescriber should discontinue any unnecessary meds.

  • How to Keep Employees Motivated, Happy and Engaged at Your Nursing Home

    There are several ways to help keep employees working at your nursing home. The staff that runs your facility are essential and need to be retained. As an administrator, it is your job to think of ways to help keep the team and add more employees. Even though you are now in management, you know how hard it is for the nurses and staff to keep their floors running. You have probably been there and worked one of the jobs on the floor before being promoted. One of the biggest things administrators can do is express and show how much they are appreciated.

  • How to Get A Referral For A Home Health Agency

    When a patient is released from the hospital, the standard of care must remain the same. For those seniors that will be needing an extra hand, there is the option of home health care or community living. The hospital or attending physician will put a referral in the hospital discharge planning. Your loved one must have the help available for both safety and health.

  • Nursing Home Virtual Tours are a Valuable Tool During the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

    During this global pandemic, nursing home virtual tours are becoming an innovative marketing tool across the country. Why virtual tours? Whether you are an individual seeking a nursing home for a loved one or nursing home administrator, virtual tours are a tool that will benefit you during COVID-19. Marketing Ideas ...

  • Coronavirus and Depression - Behavioral Changes and Symptoms

    Coronavirus and depression are terms that we are hearing a lot about in these days of facing and living with a pandemic. COVID-19 is changing the way we live daily, and it is affecting our seniors on a grand scale. Seniors are facing a myriad of changes and learning to ...

  • Nursing Home Electronic Health Records Management

    One of the best features of the electronic medical record in nursing homes is that the information being real-time can be shared with other medical providers. The ability to share makes it easier for medical professionals to get the appropriate care when and where it is needed for their patients.

  • QAPI: Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement

    Yet another acronym; we say "kwa-pee." This program was introduced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to give nursing homes the tools necessary to address the limitations, problems, or on-going concerns of each facility. Various tools are available to detail and guide management teams through the QAPI process, ...

  • PDPM: Patient-Driven Payment Model

    Changes to Medicare commence on October 1 each year. In 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid changed its reimbursement structure. For nursing homes, the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) affects the Minimum Data Set (MDS), which drives clinical reimbursement. How do nursing homes get paid for care? Nursing homes, or ...

  • Nursing Home Nutrition Regulations

    Proper nourishment is essential for everyone, regardless of age or living situation. In a nursing home setting, strictly regulated nutritional plans and programs ensure that the food available consistently meets residents' needs. Nutrition in Nursing Homes Properly feeding residents entails many details that are overseen by the kitchen staff and ...

  • Dealing with an Alzheimer Parent

    Alzheimer's disease affects many individuals in the U.S. and abroad. Suddenly your parent has a diagnosis, and you are trying to accept it. There may have been plenty of signs, and you may have suspected it, but now it is real. You will experience a myriad of emotions, and that ...

  • Why You Need To Setup Or Optimize Your Google My Business Page

    Why Setup Or Optimize Your Google My Business Page? Google is adding new features and tools to Google My Business, it is 100% free to use. Visit grow.google to see more information including video tutorials about how you can setup, optimize and use Google My Business to grow your sales. ...

  • The Top Local Business Directories You Should Submit Your Long Term Facility Website To

    In the world of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), there is a subset called Local SEO. The formula for Local SEO differs from national or global SEO. You can see the top local SEO factors list at Moz.com , a leading SEO firm in the USA and world. Per Moz.com, adding ...

  • Nursing Home Staff Ratios

    Since 2004, California has had a law in place to ensure adequate patient care. "At least 21 states have varying regulations that require healthcare institutions to develop independent staffing policies and plans. Many healthcare facilities in these jurisdictions have found success (in) managing the competing tensions surrounding staffing issues by ...

  • How to Determine Which Nursing Homes in Your Area Have Coronavirus

    With Coronavirus on the uprise, it is essential to know which nursing homes in your area have active cases. Many nursing homes aren't allowing visitors to keep their residents safe. Right this moment, they're taking extra care with disinfecting their long-term care facilities. Knowing which facilities are affected by Coronavirus ...

  • MOLST, POLST, and Advance Directives

    The MOLST form replaces traditional advance directives for only some people . MARK DON'T PUBLISH THIS YET A Medical Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) is a set of orders from a physician, nurse practitioner, or soon, a physician’s assistant, to lay out a course of treatment for a patient who ...

  • Skilled Nursing Facility Trends Post Covid-19

    Skilled nursing industry trends are on the rise and it is needed in these changing and demanding times. Meeting the changing needs is important to everyone.

  • Levels of Care: Community Living

    For people who need help to remain in a least-restrictive environment, there are several options available. In many instances, care for chronic conditions happens in the patient’s home; however, for acute ailments, admission to a care facility may be warranted. For example, a persistent issue such as COPD may be ...

  • Reputation Management for your Senior Living Facility

    Reputation management in any business is essential and even more so nowadays. A positive reputation with social proof helps those interested in your services determine if you're the business they choose. The same holds for reputation management in long-term healthcare. It's never been easier to access information about a nursing ...

  • Infection Control in Nursing Homes

    The chain of infection Six conditions contribute to the spread of infection. Removing one link in the chain of infection can halt transmission and potentially save lives. Infectious agents are germs that cause disease. Reservoirs are places in the environment where the germs live, including people, medical equipment, and even ...

  • How to Convince Someone to Go into a Nursing Home Gently

    There is never a time when someone wants to go live in a nursing home or to place a family member or loved one in this type of facility. An estimated one in four people over the age of 65 will spend time in a nursing facility, according to Linda ...

  • Medicare vs Medicaid-Know the Difference

    Medicare vs Medicaid-Know the Difference explains the differences between the two types of insurance. Although it can confuse, the differences are vast.

  • The Advantages of Telemedicine Implementation

    Telemedicine Implementation and the Advantages | CareWindow.com Meta Description: Telemedicine implementation has many advantages. From saving time and money to better quality healthcare the telemedicine is popular.

  • Nursing Home Quality Measures Matter

    Nursing home quality measures matter when it comes to choosing the right nursing home for yourself or a loved one.

  • Respite Care Explained and Discussed

    Respite care is care that is provided to give a caregiver a short-term break. This type of care is pre-planned and can be provided in the home setting.

  • Emergency Room Diversion for Senior Citizens

    Emergency room diversion can happen for many reasons. One of the main reasons a diversion takes place is because emergency rooms tend to fill up. If your local emergency room is full, then patients will be transported to the next accessible ER that has beds available. Emergency Room Diversion Policy ...

  • What is the Continuum of Care for the Elderly?

    Continuum of care for the elderly means health care and daily care that is needed to care for and provide safety to the elderly. If you have been searching and reviewing the assorted senior living options, including independent living facilities and nursing homes, you have probably heard the words continuum ...

  • The Novel Coronavirus (Updated 4/10/20)

    Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force has commended Americans for changing the projections for the number of deaths related to COVID-19; the latest forecast is 60,000 deaths, down from 100,000-200,000. She attributes this drastic reduction in expected deaths to adherence to social distancing guidelines and improved ...

  • Food Safety for The Elderly - Tips to Avoid Infection or Illness

    Food safety for the elderly is a significant concern whether the older person lives on their own or in a facility. Food safety is paramount, so the elderly do not become sick or compromised. When possible, facilities should always adhere to USDA food safety guidelines. Safety and Sanitation in the ...

  • Thank You to our HealthCare Workers

    Our team would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all the healthcare workers who are working tirelessly to provide care to all who need it. Healthcare is not only crucial, but we know you are putting others before yourselves amid a worldwide pandemic. We are also very aware of ...

  • The Novel Coronavirus (Updated 4/4/2020)

    With so much information available about the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, it is hard to keep it all straight. What should we know as individuals, as we all have different, fewer, or more risk factors? Below is some of the latest information: Who gets sickest from the Novel Coronavirus? In ...

  • Do I Need an Elder Care Lawyer?

    As we age, we need to begin thinking about and planning the future and what we are going to leave to our families and loved ones. An elder law attorney is a professional who can help you to figure out what needs to be done and plan your estate. Before ...

  • Introduction to Skilled Nursing Care

    Skilled Nursing is a facility-based level of care paid for by Medicare (MC), Medicare Advantage programs, and Medicaid. A patient receiving skilled nursing care may be in a unit called the transitional care unit, or TCU, sub-acute, or step-down. Skilled services include management and evaluation of a patient’s care plan; ...

  • The Novel Coronavirus (Updated 3/23/20)

    With so much information available about the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, it is hard to keep it all straight. What should we know as individuals, as we all have different, fewer, or more risk factors? Below is some of the latest information. Who gets sickest from the Novel Coronavirus? In ...

  • Evolving Guidelines of COVID-19 / Coronavirus

    As scientists and public health officials work to understand this new invisible threat better, the public’s collective head is spinning with new guidelines for managing life in the age of coronavirus. Daily changes to official guidelines are frustrating, but it’s essential to know that guidelines for the management of some ...

  • Cleaning Tips to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    The Novel Coronavirus is on everyone’s mind today. We can’t turn on the tv or radio, or open a newspaper or web page, or meet with other people without hearing the most recent numbers. Coronavirus is a microbe, often called a ‘germ.’ Viruses, bacteria, and fungi are all microbes. Some ...

  • Non-Medical Senior Care Options

    We all want the best care for our seniors and ourselves when we become older. But, what does non-medical senior care consist of? Is it available for everyone, and will insurance or Medicaid help to pay for it when the time comes? Non-Medical Senior Care by Family Members In many ...

  • Caregiver Support When it’s Needed

    When taking care of someone who needs around-the-clock supervision, it takes patience and uses energy reserves that many of us never knew we had. How can we provide care to our loved ones and still be able to have the time and handle other things in our everyday lives? Taking ...

  • Marketing Your Skilled Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility

    Marketing a nursing home is no easy task, and taking on the marketing position takes some thought. You want to sell to the right audience and turn those leads into customers. What has worked in the past with nursing home marketing doesn’t work as well today. There are new marketing ...

  • Telehealth in Home Healthcare | Senior Medical Health

    Telehealth in homecare has become very prevalent, and for all the positives that this offers, it is a great way to get care in this day in age. Telehealth uses modern technology so that a patient does not have to leave their home to receive medical attention. The hardware technology ...

  • What is Estate Planning and Who Needs It?

    As we get older, we hear terms such as assisted living and elder law planning. But we don’t always know what these terms mean. For instance, what is estate planning? What is Estate Planning, and What is Included? Nearly everyone in the United States and across the globe has an ...

  • Senior Care for Yourself or Loved Ones

    Senior care is something that we’ll all need to think about in our lives. Whether it’s ourselves, or we have a loved one who is aging, we want to provide the best care possible. There will come a time when the discussion arises around senior care. There are many options ...

  • Types of Long Term Care Facilities

    There are many different types of long term care facilities. As we recover from a surgery or illness or age, there are situations in which we will need one of these facilities. Depending on the needs of the patient or resident, there will be various needs different facilities may provide ...

  • Comparing Living Options for Older Adults

    When it comes time to think about elderly living options, it is essential to know the available choices. Living options for older adults have expanded in the last few years, and there are many types of living to choose from. Living Options for Older Adults A quick overview of senior ...

  • The Cost of Assisted Living by State

    When it comes time to investigate assisted living for yourself or a loved one, it is essential to know the cost of assisted living by state. The cost of assisted living can vary significantly from state to state, and knowing the rough cost will help you calculate the financial end ...

  • How to Move a Parent with Dementia to Assisted Living

    Unfortunately, for a majority of Americans, there will come a time when dementia takes hold, and thinking about putting your parent(s) into an assisted living facility arises. There may be little tasks around the house that your parent starts to forget. The real problem occurs when the person affected by ...

  • Senior Housing Trends in 2020

    Today, more so than years before, seniors can choose the type of housing in which they want to reside. Whether they decide to move to an assisted living facility or stay in their own home, the choice is theirs and what suits their needs the best. Of course, as their ...

  • Retirement Home Versus Assisted Living: What’s the best choice for my loved one?

    Retirement homes are very different from assisted living facilities. When choosing where an elderly relative or yourself is going to live, it is essential to know the difference. Knowing the difference between the two will allow you to make an informed decision. Retirement Home vs. Assisted Living What is a ...

  • When to Choose In-Home Senior Care

    There comes a time when one of your parents may need more help while living at home. It may be time to choose in-home senior care so you may help provide the best care possible, and so your loved one may remain in their home and be safe with their ...

  • What Programs are Available for Senior Citizens in My Area?

    It is essential to understand some of the programs available to senior citizens. Whether you are a senior or a child of one, it is good to know what's available. When looking into programs and resources for senior citizens, a common question that arises is around the cost. It's good ...

  • Memory Care Activities for Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients

    Memory care activities for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Elderly safety, care, and activity for those with memory impairment issues.

  • What Kind of Care is Provided by a Skilled Nursing Facility?

    A skilled nursing facility will provide care around the clock for your loved one. Safety issues and concerns are alleviated with the 24-hour care provided.

  • How to Find a Facility and Leave a Review on CareWindow

    Welcome to CareWindow, an online directory that allows you to see objective data and reviews from existing residents, families, and staff, for the facilities and providers listed on our website. When you search for facilities in your area, you will also get some detailed information regarding services offered, amenities...

  • Pets for Seniors: Pros and Cons

    Owning a pet has been shown to increase the quality of life for people of all ages, but especially for aging adults.

  • Offsite Activities for Residents

    Regular offsite activities are important, as they keep nursing home residents active and physically and mentally stimulated.

  • Trips and Outings for Residents

    Trips and outings can keep nursing home residents busy, fulfilled, and stimulated, and can help improve both their physical and mental health.

  • Nursing Homes: Outdoor Common Areas

    Getting outside can improve your mood and your health. That's why it's important to find a nursing home that offers outdoor common areas.

  • Yoga in Nursing Homes

    Yoga, which combines a series of postures and breathing techniques, is a gentle, safe form of exercise that keeps adults moving and helps them maintain mobility and flexibility.

  • Nursing Homes: Full-Time Activity Director

    The activity director at a nursing home coordinates activities for the residents that help with physical, mental, and psychosocial needs, such as socialization.

  • Nursing Home Lounge Areas

    The lounge area of a nursing home or long-term care facility is a space where residents can gather and socialize freely with one another or with visitors

  • Nursing Homes Common Areas

    Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities should offer common areas that can be used by all residents.

  • Semi-Private Rooms

    A semi-private room isn’t a private room at all. Instead, it’s a room in a nursing home or long-term care facility that is shared by two residents, with their sleeping areas separated by a cloth drape.

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

    Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior, and is the most common cause of dementia.

  • Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy is a widely used treatment for cancer that uses powerful chemicals to kill fast-growing cells in your body.

  • Dialysis

    Dialysis is a medical procedure that does the work of your kidneys – eliminating waste and unwanted water from the blood – when your kidneys are damaged or have failed

  • Hospice Care

    Hospice is a specialized type of medical care that aims to maintain or improve the quality of life for someone whose illness is unlikely to be cured.

  • Physical Therapy

    Physical therapy is a means of treating disease or injury through physical methods, such as exercise, massage, or heat treatment.

  • Occupational Therapy

    Occupational therapy is therapy designed to help adults who are injured, ill, or disabled maintain or regain the skills necessary for the activities of daily life.

  • Speech Therapy

    A speech therapist, also called a speech-language pathologist, provides therapy to help increase a person’s communication skills.

  • Postoperative Facility

    A postoperative facility provides care and therapy to patients recovering from surgery who are ready to leave the hospital, but who are not yet ready to return home.

  • Psychiatric Facility

    A psychiatric facility, also sometimes called a psychiatric hospital or psychiatric ward, is an inpatient facility that specializes in the treatment of serious mental health disorders

  • Respiratory Therapy

    Respiratory therapy is the assessment and treatment of patients with either acute or chronic disfunction of the cardiopulmonary system.

  • Post-Acute Care

    Post-acute care is for patients who do not need the level of care provided at an acute rehabilitation center, but who are not yet ready to go home.

  • Acute Rehabilitation

    Acute rehabilitation describes the services delivered to individuals who need intensive, and often multi-disciplinary, rehabilitation after an illness, injury, or surgery.

  • Adult Day Services (aka Adult Day Care)

    Adult day services, also referred to as adult care or adult day care, are programs designed to provide care and companionship for older adults during the day.

  • Short-Term Care for Seniors

    Short-term care is care delivered for a set duration – anywhere from a few days to a few months – to someone who needs help as they recover from an illness, injury, surgery, or another medical condition that is expected to improve.

  • Skilled Nursing

    A skilled nursing facility is a residential facility that provides nursing care around the clock.

  • Independent Living for Senior Citizens

    Independent living is designed for seniors who want to live on their own, but who also want to be part of a community that provides certain services and amenities.

  • Senior Care

    Senior care, sometimes referred to as elder care, is a broad term used to describe many different types of specialized care designed to meet the needs of aging adults at various stages in their lives.

  • Nursing Homes

    A nursing home is a medical facility designed for patients who do not require hospital care, but who can not be cared for at home.

  • Memory Care

    Memory care units are long-term skilled nursing facilities designed for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other memory impairments.

  • Assisted Living: A Complete Overview

    Assisted Living is explained along with the requirements. Residential options for elderly who are still active but need some daily help.