Long Term Care Industry

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...