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Stay Vigilant to Ease Elopement Risks

Elopement is a serious risk; nearly half of all residents with dementia are likely to wander, some repeatedly. Learn how technology, staff training, and a focus on resident safety can help.

How Nurses Can Make the Manager Role a Perfect Fit

Being a great nurse doesn’t always equate to being a great leader. Learn 5 key skills successful nurse managers need along with tips on how to nurture them. 

Pain Management: How Communities Can Ensure Safe, Effective Relief

Pain is common in post-acute and long-term care residents, but it’s often undiagnosed and may go untreated. Learn how your community can help provide optimal pain relief while minimizing the risk of complications.

5 Tips to Win the War Against Medication Waste

Thousands of tons of medications are flushed down the drain or wind up in landfills every year. Learn how your facility can reduce medication waste in a cost-effective way while maximizing quality of care.

4 Steps to Successful Deprescribing

Deprescribing is a valuable tool for combatting polypharmacy and improving outcomes for residents, but it needs to be undertaken with care. Learn 4 steps to effective deprescribing and how to start and continue the conversation with residents and their families.

Banishing Burnout: 3 Keys to Reducing Stress and Increasing Satisfaction

Burnout continues to be a challenge, driving inefficiency, dissatisfaction, and rising costs. Learn how taking a holistic approach can help staff feel valued, increase loyalty, and enhance the quality of care for residents.

Pharmacogenomics: A Valuable Step in Fall Prevention

Pharmacogenomics can uncover critical information about your residents’ health, including their risk for falls. Learn how this type of precision medicine can help improve resident safety and avoid injuries.

Ensuring Vital Medication Access: Emergency Preparedness in Long-Term Care

Natural disasters are becoming more common and can have a devastating effect on long-term care facilities and their residents. Learn how to ensure medication access in an emergency, even if evacuation is needed.

COVID, Influenza, and Pneumonia Vaccine Updates: What You Need to Know for Fall 2023

Be ready for fall/winter 2023 with these updates on flu, COVID, and pneumococcal pneumonia vaccines and recommendations.

The New RSV Vaccine: Who Needs It?

The new RSV vaccines are now available. Learn 10 facts about RSV, the vaccines, and who should receive them.

3 Tips to Keep Up with Increasing Regulations in Assisted Living

Rules and regulations for assisted living facilities vary from state to state and are always changing. But one thing is constant – state regulations are increasing. Learn ways to stay on top of updates and find resources to help you and your staff stay informed.

Outbreaks: Don’t Panic, Prioritize

“Outbreak” is a frightening word in long-term care. Learn 5 tips to help you take a step back, prevent panic, and move forward with effective infection prevention.

5 Ways Communities Can Bring Youth and Seniors Together

When seniors and youth come together, both groups benefit. Learn 5 ways your community can foster relationships that help seniors feel more connected and give children and teens the opportunity to learn from their life experience.

Improving Residents’ Mental Health in Senior Living

Recognizing mental health concerns in assisted living communities can be challenging. Take these five steps to keep your residents connected, enhance their quality of life, and promptly identify any mental health needs or changes in condition.

Benefits of Using a Long-Term Care Pharmacy

Long-term care pharmacies can help senior living communities increase efficiency and improve safety – and more. In this article, learn how using a LTC pharmacy can benefit both residents and staff.

Intimacy in Senior Living: Ensuring Resident Happiness, Health, and Safety

Having a policy in writing can help your community avoid challenges with residents and families. In this Timely Topic article, learn 5 steps to consider when developing your community’s sexual intimacy guidelines.

 

Falls Risk Toolkit

Did you know that 1 in 4 four Americans over the age of 65 falls each year? Read/download our Falls Risk Toolkit to learn about risk factors, the effect of some medications, and steps to take to prevent resident falls.

Preventing Falls with Exercise

Fall risk increases as we age and is a leading cause of serious injury and even death. Learn about 3 popular exercise disciplines your community may want to offer to help residents increase balance and stability.

Creative Dementia Care in Senior Living

In this Timely Topic article, learn new ways to meet the challenges of caring for dementia patients. This novel approach helps reduce (or eliminate) the need for medications, promotes resident safety, and helps keep residents out of the ER or hospital.

 

Wound Care in Seniors

Nearly half of people over age 65 will experience at least one pressure ulcer in their lives, a risk that increases for frail older adults. Learn the 5 things you and your staff should know about wound care.