Flooding in Nebraska

March Madness in Nebraska!

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KIMBALL NEBRASKA – Located in the panhandle of Western Nebraska, Kimball began receiving Winter Storm Warning alerts from the National Weather Service on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Kimball County Manor had precautionary measures in place, which undoubtedly assisted in their ability to continue to provide care for their residents. The National Weather Service predicted the storm would begin at midnight …

AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture

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AHRQ sponsored the development of the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture in response to requests for a survey in this setting. This survey is designed specifically for nursing home providers and other staff and asks for their opinions about the culture of patient safety and healthcare quality in their nursing home. Access the survey and other materials HERE.

Interview with 2019 AGS Beers Criteria panel member

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In an interview with Dr. Nicole J. Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, BCPP, FASCP, Annals of Long-Term Care discussed the latest updates to the 2019 Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults. Dr. Brandt helped decide the new 2019 update and, in this interview, explains how the panel identified the medication or medication classes added to the list …

2019 AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture is Available

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality developed this survey to assess safety culture in long-term care facilities. This year’s survey found positive results in “Overall Perceptions of Resident Safety” and “Feedback and Communication About Incidents” but revealed areas of improvement in “Staffing” and “Communication Openness”. A link to the full report can be downloaded HERE. An Executive Summary can …

Is a Fall Efficacy Scale Reliable, Valid for OAs With PD?

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A study that was recently published in Parkinson’s Disease found that The Fall Efficacy Scale-International (FES-I), an assessment questionnaire, was found to be reliable and valid to measure the fear of falling during on- and off-drug phases in older adults with Parkinson disease (PD). You can read about the findings at managedhealthcareconnect.com: https://www.managedhealthcareconnect.com/content/fall-efficacy-scale-reliable-valid-oas-pd?hmpid=ZXJpY2EuaG9sbWFuQGhlYWx0aGNhcHVzYS5jb20=

CNA Perspectives on Caring for Residents with Dementia

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Alzheimer disease and other dementias are common diagnoses in long-term care (LTC). In this setting, certified nurse aides (CNAs) provide the majority of care for residents with dementia. The responsibility can be challenging, however, as evidenced by frequent CNA staff turnover. Read about the findings of four focus groups made up of 20 CNAs to understand the unique barriers impacting …

Seniors doing exercises

Movement Helps Maintain Memory

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Despite brain lesions or biomarkers linked to dementia, higher levels of daily movement may be linked to better thinking and memory skills in older adults. Researchers from Rush University Medical Center found that older adults that exercise regularly or participate in routine physical activity, such as housework, may maintain more of their memory and thinking skills. Their findings were published …

Opioid-Related Inpatient Stays and Emergency Department Visits Among Patients Aged 65 Years and Older

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Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Brief #244 states  that opioid misuse in older adults is an underappreciated and growing problem. Although opioid misuse overall is lower among older than among younger Americans, the rate of opioid misuse among older adults nearly doubled between 2002 and 2014. In 2016, a third of the more than 40 million Americans enrolled in …