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September 4, 2017
Japan has been the birthplace of many gadgets and technological advancements. Take ‘Paro’ the robotic seal for example, the subject of peer-reviewed studies, now on trial at Fingal Haven. Paro responds to touch, temperature and voice cues, with...
August 30, 2017
While many post-acute and long-term care (PA/LTC) facilities use animals such as dogs and cats to help improve mood and manage dementia symptoms in residents, it isn’t always practical to have live animals onsite. A new open-access study in the...
August 18, 2017
After years of criticism, nursing homes have curbed administering antipsychotics, but some providers are questioning whether the across-the-board cuts are preventing some seniors from getting needed medications.
May 17, 2017
A fresh look at how Do-Not-Hospitalize (DNH) orders affect the movement of skilled nursing care residents shows those residents with such directives experienced significantly fewer transfers to hospitals or emergency departments (EDs). Report...
May 15, 2017
Programs that encourage advance care planning have shown positive results, including increased palliative care referrals, improved end-of-life care, and fewer unnecessary hospitalizations. Now a new study in JAMDA suggests that nursing home...
March 21, 2017
Life Care Centers of America recently bestowed its annual physicians’ awards. The awards were given during a Life Care ceremony held at the American Medical Directors Association Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 16.
February 22, 2017
Today, CNN published “ Sick, Dying and Raped in America’s Nursing Homes .” The report details disturbing accounts of sexual abuse of nursing home residents. AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine emphatically condemns any type...
February 21, 2017
Because the development of schizophrenia is uncommon in older adults, a diagnosis of new onset schizophrenia in a post-acute and long term care setting should be made by a qualified health professional with mental health training using DSM 5...
February 19, 2017
In March, an influential group of medical providers, AMDA — The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, will tackle the issue at its annual conference. Cari Levy, the group’s vice president, will offer a “Marijuana 101” lesson on the...