The March Issue is Now Live: Palliative Care of Pressure Ulcers, Care Coordination, and More

The March 2013 issue of the journal is now available online! This month we have focused on ensuring appropriate treatments for patients in long-term care settings. Check out the comprehensive review titled “Palliative Care of Pressure Ulcers in Long-Term Care,” in which Torrie Burt, MSN, highlights how the palliative principles of wound care, particularly pressure […]

Fiscal Cliff Averted, AGS Supports New Congressional Long-Term Care Commission

Among the measures that Congress undertook on January 1 to steer the government clear of what came to be known as the “fiscal cliff” were some steps that might ultimately lead to affordable long-term care coverage for Americans. One of these steps repealed the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act. The act was […]

Anticoagulants in Long-Term Care

Atrial fibrillation is common among frail elders in long-term care (LTC) and is a significant risk factor for severe stroke. This risk can be reduced with antithrombotic therapy, but the risk of bleeding complications from these treatments may in some cases outweigh their stroke-reduction benefits. In this timely review by William Smucker, MD, catch up […]

Vision Care in LTC Facilities

Most residents of long-term care facilities are there for a reason, which means that condition usually gets the focus when it comes to care and treatment. Unfortunately, this means other things are neglected, like routine maintenance and preventive care. Statistics from a recent study suggest that cataracts are present in more older adults residing in […]

Dr. Superman

When completing comprehensive geriatric assessments, screening for dementia is one of the most vital exams, however, those types of exams can be very time consuming. The Mini-Mental State Examination alone, for example, can take up to 20 minutes. In an effort to improve the use of clinical resources, a medical team from Japan developed “Dr. […]

While You Were Sleeping

In case you missed it while you were sleeping, the FDA has required that manufacturers of zolpidem-containing sleeping pills to lower their recommended doses. In a recent study, it was revealed that some patients exhibited high serum levels of zolpidem, which impairs their ability to perform activities that require alertness and can lead to falls […]