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  • What Needs to be Done to Improve Nursing Home Care

    Over two decades ago the report from the Institute of Medicine (IoM) led the way for monumental changes to take place within the nursing home industry. The report of the IoM basically stated that nursing homes needed significant reform and that it was an industry that was loosely regulated, potentially compromising the lives of many who ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on January 28, 2015
  • Taking Care of the Young

    About one out of every seven people in nursing homes in the United States are less than 65 years old. That number has risen 22 percent in the last few years and accounts for about 15% of all nursing home residents.  The reasons for this vary, from poor management of diabetes and vascular disease, to ventilator care for neurologically ...
    Posted to Legal Speak (Weblog) on January 21, 2011
  • Protecting Residents From Each Other

    I know that sometimes I must sound like a broken record, but an incident in a Vermont nursing facility underscores why it is so important for nursing personnel to actively manage patient interactions. In Bennington, Vermont an 84-year-old woman suffering from dementia walked into the room of a 58-year-old man. The man was heard yelling, and ...
    Posted to Legal Speak (Weblog) on December 9, 2010
  • Matching Residents to Facility Resources

    It is no surprise to anyone who works in health care that census is always a critical issue for long-term care facilities. This especially is an important focus for many skilled nursing care facilities. As more assisted living facilities are now taking many residents that at one time was the purview of nursing facilities, many nursing ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on August 29, 2008
  • Technology

    Many years ago, when I was starting out as a respiratory therapist, I was working a 3-11 shift in the ICU.  One of my favorite surgeons, Dr. Jomain, who never minced words with staff, came to the bedside of my patient and began taking the pulse of the patient.  I smiled and, when he completed the process, said “you could find the pulse ...
    Posted to Legal Speak (Weblog) on January 24, 2008