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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

Activities for Seniors (view all)

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  • 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 ...

  • Offsite Activities for Residents

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

Activities for the Elderly in Nursing Homes (view all)

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Acute Care (view all)

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  • 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.

  • 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 ...

Aging In Place (view all)

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  • A Guide to Senior Home Care: How to Make the Best Choice for Your Future

    Weighing your options for home care can get overwhelming pretty quickly. While most seniors prefer to age in place, they’re faced with the daunting task of modifying their home for greater accessibility or arranging round-the-clock care. On the other hand, seniors who decide to move into assisted living facilities have a lot to consider when choosing a place. Many seniors struggle with these important decisions, so here are some helpful things to consider as you weigh your options.

Alzheimers (view all)

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  • 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 ...

Alzheimers Disease Care (view all)

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

Assisted Care Facilities (view all)

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  • A Guide to Senior Home Care: How to Make the Best Choice for Your Future

    Weighing your options for home care can get overwhelming pretty quickly. While most seniors prefer to age in place, they’re faced with the daunting task of modifying their home for greater accessibility or arranging round-the-clock care. On the other hand, seniors who decide to move into assisted living facilities have a lot to consider when choosing a place. Many seniors struggle with these important decisions, so here are some helpful things to consider as you weigh your options.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

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Assisted Living Communities (view all)

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

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  • Fall Detection Alert Devices Give Seniors Personal Safety And More Freedom

    1 Of 3 Older Adults Will Experience A Fall In The Next 12 Months According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, one out of three adults aged 65 or older will experience at least one fall during the next 12 months. Two thirds of those adults will ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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  • Fall Detection Alert Devices Give Seniors Personal Safety And More Freedom

    1 Of 3 Older Adults Will Experience A Fall In The Next 12 Months According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, one out of three adults aged 65 or older will experience at least one fall during the next 12 months. Two thirds of those adults will ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

Assisted Living facility management (view all)

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  • Federal Assisted Living Regulation Changes From COVID-19

    Since the Covid-19 Crisis began, additional regulations on Assisted Living Facilities and the healthcare industry as a whole have continued to increase. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic , the imposition of additional state guidelines for assisted living facilities increased the need for federal funding from the government to ...

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

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Benefits of Chair Yoga for Seniors (view all)

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Benefits of Speech Therapy for Elderly (view all)

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  • Speech Therapy

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

Board Games for Elderly (view all)

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  • 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 ...

  • Nursing Homes Common Areas

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

Caregivers (view all)

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  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

Chair Yoga for Seniors (view all)

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  • 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.

Chemotherapy and Skilled Nursing Facilities (view all)

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  • Chemotherapy

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

CMS (view all)

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  • The Purpose of CMS Nursing Home Ratings And How They Work

    CMS government star ratings are based on the general performance of facilities within each individual state. Comparing facilities to each other within each state helps to control variation among states that can result from different management practices, differences in state licensing laws, and differences in state Medicaid policies.

  • SNF Staff Compliance With Infection Prevention Measures Critical For Covid-19

    An article called: Regular surveys resume at nursing homes, but CMS treads carefully with enforcement penalties, by Danielle Brown , was published in McKnight's Long Term Care News on November 20, 2020. The article notes that regular state surveys have now resumed at nursing homes across the USA . Evan ...

  • SNF Quality Reporting Program Data to be Frozen on the Nursing Home Compare Website

    According to this recent article by Danielle Brown on McKnight’s Long Term Care News , quality rating data on Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website will be frozen until 2022 due to changes in data submission rules due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Brown stated: “Skilled nursing providers could still be negatively ...

Cognitive Speech Therapy for Adults (view all)

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  • Speech Therapy

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

Companion Animals for Seniors (view all)

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  • 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 ...

  • 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.

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

Continuum of Care (view all)

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  • 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 ...

Coronavirus (view all)

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  • Federal Assisted Living Regulation Changes From COVID-19

    Since the Covid-19 Crisis began, additional regulations on Assisted Living Facilities and the healthcare industry as a whole have continued to increase. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic , the imposition of additional state guidelines for assisted living facilities increased the need for federal funding from the government to ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

COVID-19 (view all)

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  • Skilled Nursing Facility Industry Trends 2020/2021

    Learning about the unique business model used to successfully run nursing homes is helpful when it comes to seeing what the future trends in long-term care will be. Most of their annual revenue comes from government sources and is greatly affected by changes made in Medicare and Medicaid payment rates. ...

  • Federal Assisted Living Regulation Changes From COVID-19

    Since the Covid-19 Crisis began, additional regulations on Assisted Living Facilities and the healthcare industry as a whole have continued to increase. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic , the imposition of additional state guidelines for assisted living facilities increased the need for federal funding from the government to ...

  • SNF Staff Compliance With Infection Prevention Measures Critical For Covid-19

    An article called: Regular surveys resume at nursing homes, but CMS treads carefully with enforcement penalties, by Danielle Brown , was published in McKnight's Long Term Care News on November 20, 2020. The article notes that regular state surveys have now resumed at nursing homes across the USA . Evan ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

Dementia (view all)

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  • 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 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 ...

  • 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.

Dementia Care (view all)

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

Dialysis Treatment for Seniors (view all)

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  • 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

Elder Care (view all)

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

Elder Law (view all)

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

Elderly Care Services at Home (view all)

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

Estate Planning (view all)

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

Exercise Games for Seniors (view all)

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  • 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 ...

  • Nursing Homes Common Areas

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

fall prevention (view all)

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  • Fall Detection Alert Devices Give Seniors Personal Safety And More Freedom

    1 Of 3 Older Adults Will Experience A Fall In The Next 12 Months According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, one out of three adults aged 65 or older will experience at least one fall during the next 12 months. Two thirds of those adults will ...

  • How to Improve Patient Safety in Your Skilled Nursing Facility

    Patients and their families want to feel safe when making the transition to life in a skilled nursing facility. That’s why maintaining and improving patient safety in nursing homes makes it to the top of the to-do list for facility directors year after year. Safety is a complex issue for ...

Food Safety (view all)

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  • 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 ...

Functional Assessment for Assisted Living (view all)

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Games for Elderly in Nursing Homes (view all)

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  • Nursing Homes Common Areas

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

Gentle Chair Yoga for Seniors (view all)

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  • 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.

Geriatric Psychiatric Unit (view all)

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  • 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

Home (view all)

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  • 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 ...

Home Healthcare (view all)

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  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

Hospice Care (view all)

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  • 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.

How To Use CareWindow (view all)

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  • 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...

Importance of Social Interaction for Elderly (view all)

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  • 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

Independent Living Facilities (view all)

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Independent Senior Living Communities (view all)

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  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

Infection Control (view all)

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

In Home Senior Care (view all)

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  • 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.

  • Non-Medical Senior Care Options

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

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    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 ...

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

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  • Stay in Your Home Throughout Your Golden Years

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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  • A Guide to Senior Home Care: How to Make the Best Choice for Your Future

    Weighing your options for home care can get overwhelming pretty quickly. While most seniors prefer to age in place, they’re faced with the daunting task of modifying their home for greater accessibility or arranging round-the-clock care. On the other hand, seniors who decide to move into assisted living facilities have a lot to consider when choosing a place. Many seniors struggle with these important decisions, so here are some helpful things to consider as you weigh your options.

  • Skilled Nursing Facility Industry Trends 2020/2021

    Learning about the unique business model used to successfully run nursing homes is helpful when it comes to seeing what the future trends in long-term care will be. Most of their annual revenue comes from government sources and is greatly affected by changes made in Medicare and Medicaid payment rates. ...

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

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  • 20 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Nursing Home

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  • Medicare Coverage Part A and Part B for a Skilled Nursing Facility Stay

    When determining the best Medicare Plan for your personal and financial needs, the length of your medical care stay is the most important consideration. Medicare Part A and Part B are practically identical in regard to benefits for skilled nursing care, except with Medicare Part B, the premium monthly fee covers the outpatient facility portion of private skilled nursing care. It is also important to keep in mind that none of the parts of Medicare cover the cost of long term care.

  • 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.

  • 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; ...

  • 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.

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

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  • Nursing Home Lounge Areas

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  • Speech Therapy

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  • Post-Acute Care

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    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.

  • 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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  • 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.

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