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RECOGNIZING PAIN IN ALZHEIMER'S PATIENTS
Thursday, July 21
Alzheimer's impacts the ability to perceive pain, which may lead to other medical issues going untreated. HealthDay News

FDA ANNOUNCES VOLUNTARY RECALL OF CERTAIN LIQUID DOCUSATE PRODUCTS
Wednesday, July 20
PharmaTech LLC is voluntarily recalling all non-expired lots of Diocto Liquid, a docusate sodium solution distributed by Rugby Laboratories. The product has been contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia, a bacteria linked to an outbreak in five states. FDA News Release

NEW QUALITY MEASURES WILL IMPACT FIVE-STAR RATINGS BEGINNING JULY 27
Friday, July 15
In April, CMS introduced six new skilled nursing facility quality measures (QM). On July 27, five of those measures will be incorporated into the Five-Star Quality Rating System. But there also will be several methodological changes. Provider

CAHF DISASTER PREPAREDNESS APP WINS INDUSTRY HONORS
Thursday, July 14
The American Society of Association Executives has awarded CAHF a Silver "Power of A" award for development of a mobile app to help nursing home administrators respond to a man-made disaster or emergency via a mobile phone or tablet. More

TOO OLD FOR SEX? NOT AT THIS NURSING HOME
Tuesday, July 12
Many older Americans are having intimate relationships well into their 70s and 80s, helped in some cases by Viagra and more tolerant societal attitudes toward sex outside marriage. These aging lovers, in some cases, are raising logistical and legal issues for their families, caretakers and the institutions they call home. 
The New York Times

CAN YOUR BUILDING PREVENT FALLS?
Monday, July 11
"The front line of fall prevention is absolutely in the care plans, resident health, and daily routines of our buildings. On the physical infrastructure side, we think of preventing falls by avoiding steps, loose rugs, and storage in the corridor. But what if the building could actually help prevent falls?" McKnight's

HOUSE PROPOSES $350M INCREASE FOR DEMENTIA RESEARCH
Friday, July 8
The U.S. House of Representatives has proposed spending an additional $350 million on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research. Long Term Living

THE ROLE OF WHOLE FOODS FOR ENTERAL NUTRITION
Thursday, July 7
Over half a million people in the United States use enteral feeding to maintain their health. But when patients rely on commercial formulas as their sole source of health, new health complications can detract from long-term patients' quality of life. McKnight's

SUPER-UTILIZERS: LTC HAS THEM TOO
Wednesday, July 6
Research on Medi-Cal found that 1% of the patient population accounted for about one-fourth of the healthcare spending. This “super-utilizer” problem affects LTC in ways that may be less obvious - but it’s just as costly.
McKnight's

FOUR WIN NATIONAL SILVER QUALITY AWARD
Thursday, June 30
Four California facilities are among 71 centers in the U.S. to achieve the coveted AHCA Silver Quality Award. Press release

CHAPARRAL HOUSE NAMED BEST NOT-FOR-PROFIT PROGRAM IN THE COUNTRY

Wednesday, June 29
A CAHF member in Berkeley has won a prestigious 2016 honor from the American Health Care Association. Press release

SURVEY SHOWS HOW MUCH LONG-TERM CARE COSTS CONTINUE TO CLIMB
Wednesday, June 29
Five out of six senior-care settings became notably more expensive over the past year, with national average costs for homemaker services and a semi-private nursing home room rising the most, according to Genworth's 13th annual Cost of Care Study. McKnight's

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