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Senior Activities Prevent Falls

Senior Activities Prevent FallsSenior Activities Prevent Falls

According to a recent study, one in three older adults fall each year. Among this population, falls are actually a leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. Preventing this can be a simple task if one adopts the right know-how and continuing activity that is associated with it. Falls are a major concern and possible life threatening problem, especially for the folks in assisted living quaters. Although they receive additional specialized assistance, taking a spill is often caused by the individual and..


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What are the Traits of the Best Nursing Homes of 2014?

What are the Traits of the Best Nursing Homes of 2014What are the Traits of the Best Nursing Homes of 2014?

Earlier this week, SeniorAdvisor.com unveiled its “Best of 2015 Awards” highlighting the senior living facilities that are ranked among the top in the country for their performance over the last year. SeniorAdvisor.com is a website showcasing thousands of families’ reviews of assisted living, memory care communities, retirement communities, and other senior living homes. Their report found that assisted living providers in Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas represented the top three U.S...


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Assisted Living Liability: Residents Forced to Pay FEMA?

Assisted Living Liability Residents Forced to Pay FEMAAssisted Living Liability: Residents Forced to Pay FEMA?

Even though Hurricane Sandy hit over two years ago, many individuals are still feeling its effects today. Some of these individuals are residents of a New York City assisted living center. They recently received letters from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) demanding that they repay thousands of dollars in Hurricane Sandy aid that they received.

According to FEMA, the aid they provided was only meant to be used for temporary housing; however the state put assisted..


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How Should Dining Options be Approached in Nursing Homes?

How Should Dining Options be approached in Nursing HomesHow Should Dining Options be approached in Nursing Homes?

As stated in a post we published last year discussing how to serve the nutritional needs of the elderly, the most common nutritional problems among residents of nursing homes are weight loss and related protein energy malnutrition. While the causes of this are typically related more to the effects of depression or side effects of medications, it does not refute the need for good nutritional care. In fact, it makes nutritional care even more..


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Senior Living Insurance: Alzheimer’s Focus of Care Moves to Prevention

Senior Living Insurance Alzheimer’s Focus of Care Moves to PreventionSenior Living Insurance: Alzheimer’s Focus of Care Moves to Prevention

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen in early July of 2014 revealed that there has been a shift in focus when it comes to Alzheimer’s care. While treatment of symptoms and effects on the brain is still important, scientists and healthcare providers have started approaching Alzheimer’s care in a more preventive way.

Reportedly, preventative interventions such as exercise, diet, and certain behavioral modifications have been improving cognitive functioning in patients according to

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Assisted Living Liability: Preventing Senior Medication Errors

Assisted Living Liability Preventing Senior Medication ErrorsAssisted Living Liability: Preventing Senior Medication Errors

As people age, they typically start developing health problems. Many senior citizens suffer from a number of medical issues, requiring them to manage different prescriptions and medication schedules. Keeping track of when to take what can be difficult anyway, but for an elderly individual with cognitive, visual, or hearing impairment, the process is even harder.

As a nursing home resident, the senior citizens in your staff’s care rely on your facility to help them with their medication. Preventing senior medication..


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Senior Living Industry: Preventing Depression in Alzheimer’s Patients

Senior Living Industry: Preventing Depression in Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer’s disease is said to account for 60 to 80 percent of all dementias, striking as many as 5 million Americans. Some of the indirect symptoms of this disease include frustration, confusion, and oftentimes depression. Alzheimer’s itself is one of the most common diseases amongst the senior living industry, however the depression factor is not always approached in nursing home settings.

You may notice your nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s or Dementia showing signs of depression such as apathy, loss of interest in activities, social withdrawal, and isolation. While keeping them busy won’t necessarily..


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Long Term Care Risk Management: Emergency Preparedness

Long Term Care Risk Management Emergency PreparednessLong Term Care Risk Management: Emergency Preparedness

If an emergency such as a fire or earthquake were to hit your long term care facility, would you be prepared? Would your employees know where to go, who to contact, or how to best assist your elderly residents? There have been numerous stories over the years about devastating fires in nursing homes, and debates over sprinkler systems not being installed to protect residents should a fire occur. Of course accidents will happen, but having a solid emergency preparedness..


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Assisted Living Workers Compensation: Employee Safety in Nursing Homes

Assisted Living Workers Compensation Employee Safety in Nursing HomesAssisted Living Workers Compensation: Employee Safety in Nursing Homes

In July of 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a campaign to reduce the number of musculoskeletal injuries among long-term care workers. Nurses continue to experience high rates of injury related to manual handling of patients, despite previous efforts to improve healthcare worker safety. MaryAnn Garrahan, OSHA regional administrator in Philadelphia, stated that their goal is “to assist nursing homes and long-term care facilities in promoting effective processes to prevent injuries.”

This OSHA..


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Assisted Living Facilities Insurance: Top-Rated Facilities for 2014

Assisted Living Facilities Insurance Top-Rated Facilities for 2014Assisted Living Facilities Insurance: Top-Rated Facilities for 2014

As a program manager or owner of a senior care center, you have many financial and legal considerations to make. It’s important to ensure you are financially protected from claims as a result of an employee incident or resident incident with Assisted Living Facilities Insurance. Equally important, is knowing what makes any particular facility successful and what makes them stand out amongst residents, their families, and potential residents. In late January of this year, senior care resource..


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