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Judge Halts Change to Medicaid

Good news for disabled and elderly people who require personal care services:  A federal judge has stopped North Carolina from ending services for some Medicaid recipients who receive in-home care. According to an article in the News & Observer, the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) had recently increased eligibility requirement for personal …

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iPad a Benefit to Nursing Home Residents

A fascinating article in the Montreal Gazette describes how people living in Health Central Park nursing home in Florida have had their brains, mobility, and social lives jump-started by a simple gadget: the iPad. The hope is that the iPad and other digital tablets could become a mainstream treatment device for people with Alzheimer’s disease …

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Reducing Nursing Home Resident Hospitalizations

A commentary in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) talks about the common problem facing nursing home residents:  Unnecessary hospitalizations due to untrained nurses or substandard medical protocol when an elderly resident becomes ill. According to the articles authors, Dr. Joseph G. Ouslander and Dr. Robert A. Berenson: More than …

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Helping to Ensure Nursing Home Patient Protections

Earlier this year, California Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard introduced legislation known as H.R. 2552: “Nursing Home Patient Protection & Standards Act.”  (The “H.R.” stands for House of Representatives, signifying that the bill started in that body of Congress.) H.R. 2522 was introduced to ensure consistent standards in nursing homes across the nation. It provides training and whistleblower …

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World Alzheimer's Day

Today, September 21, 2011, is World Alzheimer’s Day. Every year on September 21st, Alzheimer associations across the globe unite to recognize World Alzheimer’s Day, and this year is no exception. World Alzheimer’s Day is a day that unites opinion leaders, people with dementia, their carers and family, medical professionals, researchers and the media from all …

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