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  • Finding the Problem: Avoiding the Misguided Search

    One of the buzzwords in long-term care is looking for the ''root-cause'' for various problems that arise. Many of these ''root-cause'' searches are often based on resident care. Others are often facility-based, especially related to financial information, staffing, and general supplies and facility maintenance. However, many of ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on October 30, 2014
  • Can Jellyfish Hold the Secret to the Fountain of Youth?

    The fountain of youth and eternal life has been something that has been sought and spoken about for a number of years. We still often hear the term, ''anti-aging'' used in reference to various types of supplements that are frequently advertised, as if using these supposed products will reverse aging or prevent any further aging in the ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on October 22, 2014
  • One Half of Commonly Prescribed Medications Increase Falls Among the Elderly

    The European Journal of Public Health has found some important news: Many medications prescribed to the elderly may potentially lead to more harm due to falls, which subsequently can lead to certain life-threatening injuries. It was found that one-half of the 20 most commonly prescribed medications that are used frequently among the older ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on September 3, 2014
  • What Can Long-Term Care Learn From Enron?

    Today, most people are familiar with the story of Enron. A company that was once looked at as one of the exemplary companies in the United States became a buzzword for corruption and mismanagement.  Although the problems that came to eventually destroy Enron were monumental, as mentioned it was once viewed as an exemplary ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on March 30, 2009
  • The Nursing Home Rating System Revisited

    In my June 30, 2008 blog post ''Can Apples and Oranges be Compared?'' I wrote about the anticipated implementation of the nursing home rating system that the federal government was going to introduce. Since that time the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have introduced this system, leading to a system of ranking that has produced ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on January 19, 2009
  • Do Politicians Understand That Long-Term Care is Part of the Health Care System?

    During this year, a year in which our country will elect a new President, health care has become an important part of the agenda. Liz Rosto in her post entitled Decision 08, writes about the issue of heath care and the apparent lack of emphasis given to long-term care, especially through many of the major candidate’s policy advocacies. This ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on March 13, 2008