As reported by senior living website McKnights.com, recently published findings from Columbia University School of Nursing and the RAND Corporation showed that the rate of nursing home infections have increased in recent years. In particular, the prevalence of viral hepatitis in nursing homes increased 48% between 2006 and 2010 while Multiple Drug-Resistant Bacterial Infections prevalence increased by 18% and pneumonia by 11%. Also joining these diseases is the occurrence of urinary tract..
At the beginning of this year, senior living website “A Place for Mom” published an article highlighting some of the biggest changes that senior living industry experts expected to see in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and continuing care retirement centers. Keeping up with these changes is imperative for your clients, as the number of seniors entering these facilities continues to grow exponentially and senior living risks become greater as..
Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they will be significantly restricting the use of power strips in patient care areas within hospitals and nursing homes, including patient and resident rooms, areas for recovery, exam rooms, and anywhere that diagnostic procedures are done.
The potential reasoning behind this decision is due to the fire hazard that power strips present. Power strips can cause an electrical spark and ignite a fire, especially when overloaded...
As reported by Senior Living website McKnights.com, The University of Maryland recently collaborated with the National Council on Compensation Insurance on a study to test the impact of safe lifting programs on worker’s compensation costs. According to the study, the highest injury rates within the healthcare industry come from long-term care workers, with an average injury rate of 8.4 per 100 full-time equivalent workers as of 2009.
There has been a steady growth in long-term..
Last year, we published a blog post in which we questioned if end-of-life care was too aggressive. As we mentioned in this prior post, the use of hospice services has increased among the elderly and disabled, however many patients are beginning palliative or end-of-life care just a few days or even hours before dying, therefore not receiving as much pain-free time as they could before passing away.
According to an article from WealthManagement.com, modern medical technology today exacerbates..
According to a recent article published on senior living website McKnights.com, too many recovering hospital patients choose a long-term care facility, such as a nursing home, for their rehabilitation needs for the wrong reasons. According to a paper about to be published in Annals of Long-Term Care, hospitals do not give necessary and needed guidance to these patients.
The paper will be offering a “roadmap” in order to help hospitals and patients work together to choose a..
It’s no secret to your clients in the senior living industry that employees play a large role in the management and success of their business, whether it’s a nursing home, continuing care center, or assisted living facility. This has led some to wonder; should Nursing Assistants, or CNAs, be empowered to be involved in the decision making process, when it comes to how their employer runs their facility? One study finds that this could actually..
According to the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC), nursing homes often follow certain practices that violate the Nursing Home Reform Law, and as a result harm their residents. Many times, nursing home risks arise out of the neglect of care on behalf of nursing home staff, if even unintentional. Due to this fact, it’s imperative that your nursing home administrator clients be aware of the common problems with care within nursing..
In an annual conference held in early June by the National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care (NADONALTC), audience members were invited to speak about how they felt when a supervisor yelled at them, citing feelings of embarrassment, disparagement and incompetence. Essentially, they felt bullied.
Bullying takes place in all workplaces, throughout many different professions. However, the problem seems to be especially prevalent in nursing. According to American Nursing Today, in a survey of..
There’s been a new hot topic making its way through the airwaves, such as during the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in February 2014. This topic? Digitized healthcare. As one Forbes.com article points out, the United States healthcare system is facing three challenges right now: high prices, poor care coordination, and an onslaught of chronic disease; all of which can be addressed by digitized healthcare.
Digitized healthcare, also called digital health, is a discipline..