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Finding Quiet Alternatives to Nursing Home Alarms

Finding Quiet Alternatives to Nursing Home AlarmsA recent Boston Globe article raised an interesting question; are nursing home bed and chair alarms doing more harm than good? While some may see them as a disruptive nuisance often the cause of false alarms, just the thought of accidentally setting one off keeps many nursing home residents in bed or in their wheelchair despite being uncomfortable or needing to use the restroom. This whole situation creates a vicious circle that could certainly expose your nursing home or assisted living facility to Senior..


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How effective is Your Nursing Home’s Emergency Plan?

How effective is Your Nursing Home's Emergency PlanHow effective is Your Nursing Home's Emergency Plan?

Back in November, a massive snowstorm forced the partial evacuation of a 184-bed New York nursing home and rehabilitation center, as part of a roof had collapsed and caused a gas leak. With winter upon us, assisted living facility administrators need to take a close look at their policies and procedures to ensure that they have an appropriate plan in place to protect their elderly residents, and staff, in the case of a disaster such as..


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Staff Shortage in Nursing Homes Is Growing Concern

Staff Shortage in Nursing Homes Is Growing ConcernStaff Shortage in Nursing Homes Is Growing Concern

According to a recent report from the University of California, San Francisco, workers are leaving long-term are at a faster rate than they are joining the field. In previous posts, we have discussed how the aging population is only growing, and thus the demand for long-term care workers will grow. While staff shortage in nursing homes is not necessarily a new development, it’s becoming a growing concern throughout the industry.

It’s important for nursing home administrators and..


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What U.S. Cities Have the Highest Population of Seniors?

What U.S. Cities Have the Highest Population of SeniorsWhat U.S. Cities Have the Highest Population of Seniors?

According to a 2010 census analysis by demographer Wendell Cox, the oldest metropolitan areas in American have twice as high a concentration of residents over the ages of 60. In newer areas, this level is not expected until 2020, or even 2050. Apparently, the oldest metropolitan areas tend to be clustered in the old industrial regions of the country, with the exception of Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL and Miami, FL.

Forbes.com also analyzed changes of the..


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Senior Living Insurance: Elderly Safety on the Road

Senior Living Insurance Elderly Safety on the RoadSenior Living Insurance: Elderly Safety on the Road

There have been many debates in recent years, based on stories of elderly people getting into collisions and accidents as well as studies done pertaining to reaction times, on whether or not seniors should be required to stop driving at a certain age. The problem with this is, there are many seniors who are completely able bodied, minus a few ailments; perhaps an arthritic knee, or muscle stiffness. The fact is, seniors are entering community care..


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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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How Can Staff Improve Resident Self-Esteem in Nursing Home Settings?

How Can Staff Improve Resident Self-Esteem in Nursing Home Settings?How Can Staff Improve Resident Self-Esteem in Nursing Home Settings?

In an article on senior living website McKnights.com, Occupational Therapist Shelly Mesure explored the idea of how the elderly may relate to today’s media and its focus on the importance of being “sexy” and beautiful. Mesure has observed some nursing home residents who still take decent care of their looks; wearing high heels, dressing up for meals, and putting thought into their appearance in general. She notes that unfortunately, this is a..


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Nursing Home Liability: Summer Activities for Your Residents

Nursing Home Liability Summer Activities for Your ResidentsNursing Home Liability: Summer Activities for Your Residents

Last year, we posted some good activity ideas for senior living facilities, stating that the reason these activities are so important is because regular social and/or physical activity may play a part in delaying the symptoms of dementia. Summertime is one of those times during the year where many seniors reminiscence about  vacations they’ve taken, or fun events they used to partake it, making it the perfect time to introduce some potential new activities to..


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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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Best Practices to Reduce Nursing Home Liability Risks

Best Practices to Reduce Nursing Home Liability RisksBest Practices to Reduce Nursing Home Liability Risks

As the owner or even an employee of an assisted living facility, you likely know most of the nursing home liability risks that your facility faces on a daily basis. Risks include factors such as incorrect medical treatment for a resident, failure to provide the correct medication to a resident, violating their rights, or causing or failing to prevent a slip and fall accident. Knowing what risks you face though is just half the battle. Though accidents..


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