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Five Tips to Keep the Holidays Special for a Nursing Home Resident

Five Tips to Keep the Holidays Special for a Nursing Home Resident

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With the holidays approaching, many people get even busier than usual, adding the hustle and bustle of the season to all their normal day-to-day activities. Nevertheless, most still find time to celebrate holiday traditions important to them and their loved ones.

When people recovering from an illness or injury find themselves in a nursing home this time of year, they might worry about missing cherished traditions with friends and family. How can you help?

Take action. You can prevent your loved one from feeling isolated or excluded.  Here are some tips to get you started on making the season brighter and more memorable for everyone.

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Rights of Florida Nursing Home Residents Protected by Multiple Rules and Regulations

Rights of Florida Nursing Home Residents Protected by Multiple Rules and Regulations

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When you or a loved one enter a skilled nursing facility for care, you are entitled to certain rights as a patient. Nursing homes will explain these rights before or at the time of admission, and new residents sign a form acknowledging they understand their legal protections.

Protecting patient privacy, quality of life and personal dignity are some of the reasons federal and state governments establish minimum nursing home rights.

Skilled nursing facilities accredited by the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare, for example, need to follow federal rules outlining patient rights. These rights include being able to participate in activities, get treatment free from discrimination, and remain fully informed about your or your loved one’s medical condition and all medications and supplements. The Social Security Act also requires nursing homes to protect and promote the rights of its residents, including the right to ensure dignity, privacy, confidentiality, and respect.

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Respiratory Therapy Can Help Nursing Home Residents Breathe Easier

Respiratory Therapy Can Help Nursing Home Residents Breathe Easier

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As skilled nursing facilities, we strive to provide the best recovery for all patients who come into our care. For some people, skilled respiratory therapy services can help improve outcomes. That’s often the case when a patient arrives with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), moderate-to-severe asthma or another breathing disorder, or needs breathing help while recovering from an injury or surgery. In addition, physical therapy may assist in building body strength as well.

For nursing home residents who appreciate receiving specialized treatment in the same facility where they are staying, having respiratory therapy services onsite can be a great convenience.

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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

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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When is Assisted Living Right for You or a Loved One?

When is Assisted Living Right for You or a Loved One?

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A lot of consideration should go into choosing assisted living for you or a loved one. It’s always best to do some research, consider safety and quality of life, and figure out what makes the most sense for you. The best candidates for assisted living care, the costs compared with home health services, and the level of family involvement are important things to think about when choosing long-term care for seniors.

You know your own limitations – or those of a loved one – better than anyone else. Think about the kind of services you need now, but also what you’re likely to need going forward – over the next six months, one year or beyond. Staying in one’s home may be ideal, but when medical needs, fall prevention or other safety needs become more urgent, it’s time to make a choice between assisted living and long-term skilled nursing.

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When Is Nursing Home Rehabilitation the Right Choice?

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The number one goal of rehabilitation therapy is to get you or a loved one back home and back to your usual activities of daily living following a heart attack, joint replacement surgery or stroke. Because the quality of rehab care you receive can determine your quality of life following recovery, where you go for rehab services remains an important decision.

Start with Rehabilitation Goals in Mind

Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and other rehabilitation services can be delivered at home, as outpatient therapy or in a setting like a skilled nursing home that offers rehab services.

Your doctor will generally advise about the right setting for you, based in part on the nature of your condition or injury. Increasingly patients play a lead role in their health care decisions, so you might be asked to choose among multiple options. Make sure to ask your physician for the pluses and minuses before you figure out the best rehab services for you. Read More

Changing Florida’s Nursing Scope of Practice Laws Could Save Time and Money

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GroupofNursesAdvanced Registered Nurse Practitioners are nurses with advanced degrees and training. They practice mostly independently, as long as they sign a “protocol” with a cooperating physician.

Florida is the only state that fully restricts advanced practice registered nurses from prescribing controlled medications.

That would change if bills currently making their way through the Florida Legislature become law. Passage looks more likely in 2016, following many years of failed attempts to pass similar legislation. So it’s a great time to explain why this matters — and what’s in it for patients and other health care providers.

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