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How to Find the Best Nursing Homes: A Checklist

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Choosing the best nursing home for yourself or a loved one is always an important decision. Take the time to carefully explore your options, research the quality and costs involved, and tour the skilled nursing facilities on your short list.

What else should you consider? To help, we compiled a handy checklist to make sure you do not overlook anything — and remember to ask the right questions.

When starting the search for the right facility for you or a loved one, consider the following.

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Take a Successful Summer Staycation with Your Loved One in a Nursing Home

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When you have a loved one in a nursing home, it can be very challenging to continue summer traditions like family vacations. But there are creative ways to enjoy time off together. If you live too far away to visit your loved one as often as you wish you could, a ‘staycation’ near the facility can provide quality time with family and a meaningful experience for everyone.

Time with family improves the well-being of residents in nursing homes, research shows. Relatives often help with grooming, cheering up the resident and engaging them in meaningful conversations. With the family together, it’s also a good time to reminisce. Studies also show these conversations help nursing home residents improve their satisfaction and overall psychological well-being. In some cases, you may be able to take the nursing home resident for an outing to a restaurant or other local destination.

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Personalized Music Invigorates Many Skilled Nursing Residents with Cognitive Challenges

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Sometimes a new program works so well for skilled nursing residents at one Plaza Health Network facility that we feel compelled to expand it to others. This way, more people in our care can reap the benefits.

That’s the case with the new ‘Music & Memory’ program, recently launched at South Pointe Plaza on Miami Beach. Staff, families and loved ones there report that providing personalized music to residents with dementia and other memory conditions improves awareness, mobility, socialization and overall temperament. Providing patients with the music they love the most is key – it triggers positive emotions that can improve their day-to-day mood and interactions.

“It is a great pleasure to observe the residents smiling while listening to their personalized playlists. They are more interactive with each other, more energetic and happier all around!” says Rachel Schuster, MPA, NHA, the Administrator at South Pointe Plaza who first embraced the initiative. “Music & Memory is enhancing their quality of life which, at the end of the day, is one of our primary objectives.” Read More

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South Florida Hospital News: “Innovative and Personalized Music & Memory Program Yields Multiple Gains for Skilled Nursing Residents with Cognitive Challenges”

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unnamed2A new one-of-a-kind music program at Plaza Health Network’s South Pointe Plaza on Miami Beach goes way beyond entertaining residents and takes patient programming to a whole new level. ‘Music & Memory’ offers benefits that can improve awareness, mobility, socialization and temperament for individual residents with dementia and other memory conditions. Importantly, neuroscience research backs the multiple gains witnessed by facility administrators, staff and patient families.

Read the full story here: Innovative and Personalized Music & Memory Program Yields Multiple Gains for Skilled Nursing Residents with Cognitive Challenges

Paying for Skilled Nursing Facility Care with Medicare Part A Insurance

Paying for Skilled Nursing Facility Care with Medicare Part A Insurance

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Medicare covers many different aspects of health care. One critical component affects short term or long term care in a Skilled Nursing Facility or SNF.

Medicare is the cherished program of most, if not all, of its beneficiaries. Once an individual achieves the right to this coverage, he or she does not want to lose the right to Medicare coverage. Even people who oppose “big government” or “entitlements” (usually for other people) are quick to say: “Don’t touch my Medicare.”

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Medicaid expansion necessary

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4-Ron Lowy Photo 2As chairman of the board of the largest network of not-for-profit rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers in South Florida, I applaud the Herald for its coverage of and the Editorial Board’s spotlight on the glaring need for Medicaid expansion.

Prompted by the recent report released by Florida Community Health Action Information Network, the Herald is again shining a bright light on this dire situation: One in four Miami-area adults are in poor health, and one in three working adults have no health coverage even with the new coverage options available through the Affordable Care Act. In Florida, there are 2.8 million uninsured individuals.

Read the full letter-to-the-editor in Miami Herald here

Ponce Plaza Receives Bronze National Quality Award

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3- Ponce - Bronze AwardMIAMI, FL. – Ponce Plaza Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center has been recognized as a 2015 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The award program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), honors centers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Ponce Plaza is part of Plaza Health Network, the largest not-for-profit network of rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers in South Florida.

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Florida Medical Space: “Plaza Health Network Chief Clinical Officer Gets Dorothy Smith Leadership Award”

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2- Ann-Lynn Denker 1Ann-Lynn Denker recognized for her work in nursing education, policy and advocacy

Plaza Health Network’s Chief Clinical Officer, Ann-Lynn Denker, PhD, ARNP, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Dorothy Smith Leadership Award from the University of Florida’s College of Nursing. The award is presented to alumni who demonstrate excellence in leadership for the nursing community.

Denker, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, was honored for more than 40 years of service and achievements as a nurse educator, researcher, nursing consultant and health policy expert.

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Plaza Health Network Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Centers Earn Quality Assurance Accreditation

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1- QAPI AwardsPlaza Health Network, an award-winning network of rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers, proudly announces receiving quality assurance and performance improvement accreditation for all seven of its facilities.

The Providigm Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) accreditation is based on standards for excellence in continuously improving quality of care and life for nursing home residents. Each quarter, centers are evaluated for comprehensive assessments, ongoing initiatives, representative unique patient assessments and corrective improvement processes, and must meet all four pillars for the preceding 12 months to earn accreditation. Providigm Founder & CEO Andrew M. Kramer, MD, is a pioneer in nursing home quality metrics.

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Easing Transitions to Long-Term Care: Legal Considerations

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It’s never an easy decision to move a loved one into a skilled nursing facility. But when the time comes –you want to ensure that legal matters are in order. Spending some time up front to prepare can make the process less stressful for you and your loved one and ensure that patient and family preferences are considered in care decisions.

As an attorney and in my voluntary role as chairman of the Plaza Health Network of rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers in South Florida, I see the benefits of good planning time and time again. I see patients and families who are able to spend more time focusing on what’s important to them – their comfort, care and concerns about family involvement – and less time tracking down information and forms at admission time, or trying to gain consensus and cooperation from family members not involved in day-to-day care. Read More