The 2014 Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium: Clinical Excellence in the Care of the Stroke Patient Across the Continuum began this morning with welcoming remarks from Kindred’s leadership team.Anthony Disser, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, kicked things off by reminding participants of the significance of the word “impact,” and the importance of taking lessons from the symposium back home to their facilities and their communities. After a tribute to veterans on this Veterans Day, given by Mary van de Kamp, Senior Vice President of Quality and Care Management, Mike Beal, President of the Nursing Center Division, asked attendees to think not about the “what” of the care we deliver each day, but the “how.”
Hospice services increased in nursing homes more than in any other care setting last year, according to the latest annual report from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Read more
Nursing home staff on shift schedules might experience diminished memory and thinking skills, recently published findings suggest. Read more
If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, Type 1 or 2 diabetes, or have a loved one with the disease, it is important for you to know the role nutrition plays in managing the disease. A balanced, healthy meal plan with emphasis on lean protein, low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains is recommended. Many individuals with diabetes worry about the amount of carbohydrate they should take daily. The 2014 Standards of Medical Care for Diabetes state that there is not an ideal percentage of calories from carbohydrate. The amount should be based on individualized assessment of current eating patterns, personal preferences (e.g., tradition, culture, religion, health beliefs and economics), and blood glucose control goals. A dietitian can help you develop a meal plan to meet your needs. Monitoring carbohydrate intake, whether by carbohydrate counting or experience-based estimation, remains a key strategy in achieving glycemic control.
National Eating Healthy Day takes place on the first Wednesday in November each year. The theme for this year is “Produce Results” with a focus on eating more fruits and vegetables. According to the American Heart Association, Americans typically consume half their recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. The AHA recommends eight or more servings – or about 4.5 cups – of fruits and vegetables daily.Why is a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables so important? A balanced diet can help control conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
More than half the dermatologists in Medicare Advantage plan directories were either dead, retired, not accepting new patients or specialized only in specific conditions, researchers found when they tried making appointments. Read more
Every day, about one in every 25 Americans – an estimated 12 million in all – receive healthcare in a place where it was once only rarely available: at home. Clinical services brought to your front door are increasingly in demand and, as our population ages, will be required in the decades ahead vastly more than ever before. Read more
Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Centers bridge the gap between hospital and home. When patients leave a traditional hospital, they often need continued care to recover completely. That’s where we come in.While all Kindred centers care for patients with pulmonary diagnoses, some centers offer additional and advanced capabilities to care for these patients. Our pulmonary program is designed to help patients achieve positive outcomes through evidence-based clinical care so that each patient can reach his or her highest level of functioning – all with the combination of critical thinking and clinical excellence that has made Kindred a leader in the field.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued more stringent guidelines for how healthcare workers should interact with Ebola patients, following an outcry from nurses and other professionals. Read more
There is some confusion out there, particularly among seniors, about what will happen to Medicare if Vermont adopts the single-payer health care program, Green Mountain Care. Does the state intend to “take over” Medicare? Read more
A skilled nursing facility that scores well on quality measures is not necessarily reducing residents' risk of death or readmission within 30 days of arriving from a hospital, according to findings in the latest issue of the American Medical Association journal JAMA. Read more
Long-term care and other providers might have to alter their pain management practices if changes discussed at a recent Medicare Payment Advisory Commission meeting come to pass. Read more
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