“PET POWER”

There is an intrinsic connection between human beings and animals. During the course of our lives many of us experience the love of a wonderful pet. When a person is placed in long term care, often the family pet must

URINARY INCONTINENCE IN LONG TERM CARE

Urinary incontinence (UI) affects over 13 million Americans of all ages.1 in 4 are women ages 30-59 and 50% or more of elderly living at home or in long­ term care (LTC) facilities are incontinent. In a recent study it

AUSCULTATION OF THE LUNGS

Remember your last doctor’s visit when he came at you with a stethoscope and proceeded to put that cold device against your chest? And then said……”take a deep breath and hold it”? And you did, until you were about to

VISION AND FUNCTION

Therapists and caregivers working with the elderly in the long term care setting must assess the impact poor vision has on functional performance. Often, it is an area that is placed low on the totem pole by the interdisciplinary team

Treating Pain Effectively in LTC

Often in the course of our day as therapists and nursing care givers, we encounter numerous complaints of pain and discomfort from our long term residents. How do you respond? Pain is a complex sensory and emotional experience and is

What is Dementia?

Dementia is categorized as a progressive determination of cognitive skills and ability to adapt to activities of daily living, in the absence of other etiologies. It is of insidious onset and related impairments do not include delirium. It is often

Dementia Care Strategies

Caring for residents with dementia in a long term care setting requires an ongoing awareness of both their needs and identification of strategies that will facilitate the resident’s participation in their daily care. Caregivers must avoid offering too much assistance

FRAZIER WATER PROTOCOL

The Frazier Water Protocol (FWP) allows residents with dysphagia free access to water with little to no incidence of aspiration pneumonia. It was developed by Kathy Panther, MS, CCC-SLP, inpatient rehabilitation director at the Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville, KY

ACHIEVING CLINICAL EXCELLENCE

In a time of change……………maintaining our ability as therapy  providers to ensure adequate  patient care can be a challenge.  As Physical, Occupational and Speech Language Pathologists our focus is on restoring function and improving quality of life. As reimbursement requirements

RESTORATIVE NURSING AND QUALITY OF LIFE

Restorative Nursing programs are vital to long term care. These traditional nursing home programs, if not well managed and organized may leave long term care residents with an overall poorer quality of life lower and declines in function that impact