fall prevention

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.