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Dementia in Nursing Homes Requires Special Care…and Compassion

Aging isn’t always dignified. That’s especially true for people with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease dismantles a person’s life piece by piece: short-term memory is the first to go, followed by long-term memory, recognition of family members, recognition of self, all cognitive abilities. In addition, a person loses physical capabilities–the ability to walk, to talk, to balance, …

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Nursing Home Reform in Illinois

This week, Illinois governor Pat Quinn signed into law SB 326, a landmark nursing home safety reform bill. This legislation is designed to improve living conditions by increasing the number of nursing home inspectors and nursing staff, and increasing licensing fees. And–perhaps most important–there are provisions designed to reduce chronic violence that has been reported …

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Seniors Want to Get Fit!

Message received:  Getting older doesn’t mean giving up on health. An article in today’s News & Observer reports that more senior living communities and facilities are offering state-of-the-art fitness machines to keep up with the demand by residents. Previously ignored, senior fitness is now a burgeoning business. “Change came slow; however, now it is happening …

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Is Your Nurse Competent?

The North Carolina Board of Nursing has issued a new statements designed to clarify the scope of practice for nurses. These position paper provide guidelines about what the standards for competent care are for LPNs and RNs. Topics include what to do when assessing a patient, planning for a client’s needs, implementing the plan, evaluating …

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Poor Outcome from Long-Term Acute Care Hospitalization

People recovering from serious illness used to recuperate in a traditional hospital, no matter how long it took. But in the past 15 years, a new form of hospital–the long-term acute care hospital–has emerged. These hospitals can provide intensive and specialized care for patients who don’t necessarily need all of the services offered by a …

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