Resident Care

Assisted Living 2.0

As more seniors age in place, the assisted living model undergoes a substantial redesign to meet the needs of the coming Baby Boomer generation and the increasing need for memory care. Read More »

9 new quality goals for nursing homes unveiled by initiative

Nursing homes participating in a new initiative may gain competitive advantages, organizers say. In the process, they could collect data helpful in establishing uniform national standards and evidence-based best practices. Read More »

Remote patient-monitoring technology still faces reimbursement roadblock

Device improvements as well as changes in government incentives, nursing staffing levels and the size of the senior population will lead to greater adoption of telemedicine in long-term care, but reimbursement remains a challenge for now. Read More »

Early-onset dementia: 9 risk factors identified

New research identifying nine risk factors for early-onset dementia ultimately could lead to treatments to prevent development of the condition. Read More »

Hot cocoa may benefit memory, but blood glucose an issue, too

One study finds that regularly drinking hot chocolate may improve memory and thinking, while other research ties higher blood glucose levels to higher dementia risk. So should you encourage seniors to start sipping or wait for more research? Read More »

Senior Games cyclist benefits from retirement community wellness center

Live coverage from the National Senior Games: One retirement community opened its wellness center membership to area residents and helped a National Senior Games cyclist prepare for the 2013 competition. Such centers can offer health advantages to everyday seniors as well—and reap benefits for retirement communities in the process. Read More »

Implementing family-style dining

There are many ways to bring food to the table. Family-style dining encourages socialization, better nutritional intake and an improved quality of life for residents. Get staff on board to make this mealtime method a success. Read More »

Infection prevention

AMDA-Dedicated to Long Term Care Medicine (formerly the American Medical Directors Association) recently updated its “Common Infections in the Read More »

Honey: An old or new remedy?

Although used by the ancient Greeks and Romans, researchers are only beginning to understand the healing properties of honey. More recently, Read More »

RAI/MDS process and nurse competencies in culture change

Diane Carter, RN, MSN, CS The MDS 3.0 demands that you focus on resident voice and choice. But the MDS, Care Area Assessments (CAAs), and care Read More »

Evidence-based design for dementia

There is growing evidence that the design of the built environment, by itself and in combination with organizational policies and procedures, has a Read More »

Welcome to Cybertherapy

Did you know that a staggering 69% of the world's almost seven billion people play video games where players of all ages enter a virtual environment Read More »

24-hour dining feeds culture change

Since 1996, Long-Term Living has been honoring long-term care facilities that are proactive with programs that go “above and beyond” routine care Read More »

Advancing Excellence in Pain Assessment (Part 2)

Click here for Part 1 of Advancing Excellence in Pain AssessmentScreening  Screening all residents for pain is the baseline step in the Read More »

Advancing Excellence in Pain Assessment (Part 1)

Every resident has the right to be pain free and this can only be accomplished through an effective pain management program. Every long-term care Read More »

“Empower With Choice”

Effective January 1, 2007, we were mandated by the state of Florida to increase CNA staffing to a ratio of 2:9. Like many others across the state, Read More »

Around the world in 60 minutes

Photos courtesy of Ballard Healthcare Dancing a jig: Deirdre McNulty The Chinese Representative: Marilyn Pasetes Activities departments have been Read More »

On the airwaves

Greenspring staff and residents with their Telly Awards. Front row (from left): Julie Reid, Channel 6 lead coordinator; Diane G. Havinga, Read More »

Upgrading Respiratory Services

Upgrading Respiratory Servicesby the staff of The Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Briarwood, New York   Mechanical ventilation Read More »

Tying the Hardest Knot: Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Hospitality

Tying the Hardest Knot: Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Hospitalityby the staff of by the staff of Glen Cove Center for Nursing and Read More »

Butterflies are Free: One Nursing Home’s End

< b>BY THE STAFF ASSOCIATES AT LIFE CARE CENTER OF SARASOTA, SARASOTA, FLAAs fellow leaders of quality skilled nursing facilities, Read More »

An All-Out Attack on Falls

Our falls-prevention program began in 1998 and has progressed and grown over the years. We performed an intense review and revision of the program Read More »

Creating a Five-Star Dining Experience


2002 Optima Award Winner – The Safety Program: Sunset for Sundowning

Adapted from the submission by Bortz Health Care of Traverse City, Traverse City, Michigan; written by Debra Hagerty, BS, BSN, MSN, SW, Director of Read More »

2001 OPTIMA Award: Developing an On-Site Dialysis Treatment Center

Developing an On-Site Dialysis Treatment Center. Adapted from the submission by the Glengariff Health Care Center, Glen Cove, New York. Read More »