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Should Nursing Home Staff Be Allowed to Refuse Shifts?

Should Nursing Home Staff Be Allowed to Refuse ShiftsShould Nursing Home Staff Be Allowed to Refuse Shifts?

It’s no secret that in any industry, fatigue and sleepiness can have a detrimental effect on an employee’s productivity. Not only that, it can put themselves or others at risk, depending on the field in which they’re employed. Nursing home staff is certainly not an exception. Naturally, extended work shifts combined with sleep deprivation and fatigue can be a dangerous combination when it comes to administering care to elderly residents; especially those who have specific..


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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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Recent Lawsuit Raises Concerns about Proper Nursing Home Conduct

Recent Lawsuit Raises Concerns about Proper Nursing Home ConductRecent Lawsuit Raises Concerns about Proper Nursing Home Conduct

According to a lawsuit filed by the family of 85-year-old Bernice Youngblood, the dementia patient had a male stripper dancing in front of her against her will at her suburban New York nursing home. The facility’s lawyer claims that the performance had been requested by its residents, a fact disputed by Youngblood’s son Franklin Youngblood who claims that after seeing a photo of the alleged indiscretion, he immediately went to a nursing supervisor for an..


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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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How Can Seniors Protect Their Vision?

How Can Seniors Protect Their Vision?How Can Seniors Protect Their Vision?

As we age, there are many health factors that become increasingly important. We must exercise to maintain good heart health, eat right to avoid potential illnesses and diseases, and keep up on doctor and dental check-ups. The one factor that is not always given as much consideration as it should be sometimes is vision. According to the American Foundation for the Blind, the number of aging Americans with significant age-related vision loss is expected to double by 2030. So how..


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Senior Living Insurance: Are Sleep Habits Related to Mental Decline?

Senior Living Insurance: Are Sleep Habits Related to Mental Decline?Senior Living Insurance: Are Sleep Habits Related to Mental Decline?

According to a new study published in the journal JAMA Neurology, reduced sleep or poor sleep quality could be linked to increased build-up of beta-amyloid plaques in the brains of older adults- a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have also found that a decline in cognitive function, such as memory and thinking, is a feature of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) which is a known risk factor for dementia. This raises the question,..


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Senior Living Insurance: Serving the Nutritional Needs of the Elderly

Senior Living Insurance: Serving the Nutritional Needs of the ElderlySenior Living Insurance: Serving the Nutritional Needs of the Elderly

Working in the senior living industry, you likely know how important nutrition is to the health and wellbeing of senior citizens. Malnutrition in the elderly is actually often under diagnosed, so careful nutritional assessment is necessary, especially for those residents who may be in charge of their own meal planning.

Good nutrition keeps muscles, bones, organs, and other body parts strong for as long as possible. Eating vitamin-rich food boosts residents’ immunity, and fights..


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Senior Living Insurance: Interacting With Dementia Patients

Senior Living Insurance: Interacting With Dementia PatientsSenior Living Insurance: Interacting With Dementia Patients

Dementia is a progressive illness that is all too common among senior living facilities. Over time, this illness affects a person’s ability to remember and understand basic everyday facts, such as names, dates, and places. It will also eventually affect the way the person communicates.

Communicating with someone who has memory or cognitive problems can at times be tiring and frustrating. It’s important to remember though, that the situation is just as frustrating, confusing, and even scary for the dementia..


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