Thursday, October 16, 2014

Report: Average Per-Day Rate for LTC Now $280


According to a new report, the average per-day rate for a nursing home is at $280 and is expected to rise to $284 by the end of the year. This represents a 3.6 increase over last year.

The report was conducted by California-based commercial real estate brokerage Marcus & Millichap, who said their findings show that the economy has turned a corner and that improvements in the housing market (namely, residents being able to access funds previously tied up in their homes) have also created favorable conditions for long-term care communities.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Study: Increased Hospice Services Lead to Decreased Hospitalizations

According to a new report, increasing hospice services at nursing homes can reduce hospital admissions among all residents, including those not enrolled in hospice.

The researchers found that for every 10 percent increase in hospice expansion at a facility, the risk of hospitalization decreased 5.1 percent for non-hospice residents and 4.8 percent for residents enrolled in hospice.

According to the study's authors, their findings "shed light on nursing home end-of-life care delivery, collaboration among providers and cost benefit analysis of hospice care."

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Positioning Solutions from ProMed


Gone are the days of a "one-product-for-all-needs" mentality when it comes to positioning cushions. Today, there's a product for every situation.

We created the list below to help you select the perfect cushions for your residents’ individual requirements. All of these cushions are available from ProMed.

  • Foam wheelchair cushions are inexpensive, lightweight, provide even support and are available in multiple densities.
  • Gel wheelchair cushions provide excellent pressure redistribution and are very comfortable. 
  • Gel/foam hybrid cushions combine the benefits of foam and gel cushions. 
  • Air flotation (inflated cell) cushions can be inflated to the resident’s specific needs and can be modified to help relieve pressure sores. They are waterproof and will not bottom out when inflated properly. 
  • Lap positioners provide upper torso support and can help assist with upper body alignment. They also serve as a gentle reminder to residents to stay seated.
  • Abductor (pommel) cushions hold the legs slightly apart to help keep a resident’s hips and knees properly aligned and reduce forward sliding. They can also be used to help prevent hip dislocation following surgery.
  • Wedge cushions offer improved posture and slide control.

To learn more, contact your ProMed territory manager, give us a call at 800.648.5190 or visit us online at promedsupply.com.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Do You Have a Cold or Allergies?


As the weather turns cooler, many of us start to sniffle and wheeze. Is it a cold or seasonal allergies?

According to the Mayo Clinic, while common colds are caused by viruses, seasonal allergies are an immune system response triggered by an allergen, such as ragweed. Colds can typically be relieved with rest, pain relievers and OTC remedies. Seasonal allergies, on the other hand, can be eased with OTC or prescription antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays and decongestants and avoiding allergens where possible.

The Mayo Clinic also assembled the chart below to help you examine your symptoms and get to the root of your discomfort.

Symptom  

Cold  

Allergies 

Cough  
Usually
Sometimes
Aches and pains            
Sometimes
Never
Fatigue
Sometimes
Sometimes
Itchy eyes                    
Rarely
Usually
Sneezing
Usually
Usually
Sore throat                    
Usually
Sometimes
Runny nose                  
Usually
Usually
Stuffy nose
Usually
Usually
Fever
Rarely
Never

Friday, October 10, 2014

Study: Men Moving Into Memory Care at a Faster Rate than Women

According to new information from a large senior referral service, men are moving into memory care units at a 14 percent faster rate than women.

The referral service, A Place for Mom, also found that men in memory care are 30 percent more likely than women to be combative and are also more likely to wander.

In response to this trend, care providers are being trained on how to manage aggressive behavior and are also tailoring activities to appeal to men.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Columbia University Study: Nursing Home Infections on the Rise

Researchers at the Columbia University School of Nursing and the RAND Corporation found that the rate of nursing home infections greatly increased between 2006 and 2010. Specifically, the researchers found that:

  • The prevalence of viral hepatitis increased 48 percent
  • MDRO prevalence increased by 18 percent
  • Pneumonia prevalence increased by 11 percent
  • The prevalence of urinary tract infections, septicemia and wound infections increased as well
The authors noted that further research is needed to determine the cause of the trend. In the meantime, they recommend that potential residents and their families seek out facilities with strong infection practices, including protocols to limit catheterizations, easy access to hand sanitizer and isolation rooms for infected residents. 

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