• Healthcare Headlines - July '16 in Review

    By Kindred Healthcare

    HCH Monthly

    The Night Doctor is in: Why 'Nocturnalists' Are Replacing Some On-Call Physicians

    More hospitals are hiring experienced "nocturnalists" to improve patient safety and prevent calls to tired on-call physicians, according to an article in the Boston Globe. Read More  

    Healthcare Hiring Momentum Leads to another 38,500 Jobs in June

    Healthcare added 38,500 jobs in June and a total of 234,600 jobs in the first six months of 2016, according to initial seasonally adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read More  

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  • Healthcare Headlines - June 2016

    By Kindred Healthcare

    HCH Monthly

    Family Caregivers Become More Crucial as Elderly Population Grows

    Strain on family caregivers is alarming many lawmakers and social-service providers. Read More   

    Anti-depressants Carry Much Higher Fall Risk than Anti-psychotics, Study Finds

    Nursing home residents with dementia who take antidepressants are at significantly higher risk of falls and fractures than those on anti-psychotics, new research shows. Read More  

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  • Healthcare Headlines - February 2016

    By Kindred Healthcare

    HCH Monthly

    AHA Urges Congress to Remove Legal Barriers to Value-Based Payment Arrangements

    Congress should adopt a single broad exception to federal fraud and abuse laws for financial relationships designed to foster collaboration, efficiencies and improvements in health care, AHA told leaders of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees today. Read More   

    How a New Payment Stream Could Come to Senior Care

    As baby boomers age over the next several decades, the demand for senior care options will increase-and there currently are limited ways for middle-income earners to pay for these services. Read More  

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  • Alzhimer's and Dementia: Tips for Family Members and CaregiversThe holidays are usually a time filled with laughter and joy however for those with family members living with dementia or Alzheimer’s, stress and frustration can become an issue. Below are four tips to help prepare for gatherings and get through the holiday season a little more easily.

     

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  • CIS Kim Warchol Nov 12 aKim Warchol’s presentation to the attendees at the 2014 Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium: Clinical Excellence in the Care of the Stroke Patient Across the Continuum, began with one important message:

     

    Gone are the days when we can’t serve people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

    Warchol, President of Dementia Care Specialists at the Crisis Prevention Institute, remembers a time when, as a young occupational therapist in the late 1980s, she would regularly write the words, “patient not appropriate for occupational therapy secondary to cognitive impairment.” Not the case anymore.

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  • Using Respite Care While Going on Vacation

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Using Respite Care While Going on Vacation

    Gallant highly recommends that caregivers plan ahead and give an assisted living facility time to get to know the person they will be caring for, whether the stay is for a couple of days or a couple of weeks. Developing a relationship with a care facility also offers greater peace of mind so the caregiver can better enjoy and rejuvenate while away.

    For a respite stay, staff will need information about medications and physicians as well as power of attorney and socialization needs. Respite residents are also encouraged to bring photos, a favorite afghan or other items that will make their stay more comfortable.

    “If the person has never played bingo before, we’re not going to take them to a game,” explains Gallant. “And it also helps if we know if they have coffee and cereal at a certain hour in the morning, so we will follow that routine as much as possible. I like to say that respite is an adult-care amenity with a hotel twist.”

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  • CNA With 44 Years at Kindred Nursing Center Loves Her Job

    By Kindred Healthcare

     Peggy McFarland, CNA Peggy McFarland, CNA

    Peggy McFarland moved to Louisville about 45 years ago and went to work in a shirt factory.

    “But that didn’t last long,” she said. “I was looking for another job, and a friend told me they were hiring at the nursing center where she worked. She told me to apply, I did, they called, and here I am.”

    That was 44 years ago and McFarland has been at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Bashford ever since. She started as a nursing aide. Now, as a Certified Nursing Assistant, she works with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in the center’s Reflections Unit.

    Ask her to describe her duties, and she’ll tell you the basics.

    “I take them to the bathroom, help them get dressed, feed them and put them to bed,” she says.

    But ask her about the people she cares for and her voice gets softer and more personal.

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  • On Friday, February 8, I attend the Alzheimer's Association’s National Leadership Summit in Dallas, TX.

    Dr. Randall Bateman, lead investigator for the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network (DIAN) Trials Unit at Washington University St. Louis, gave an overview on the research he’s conducting. Through an online registry of over 3,000 people with autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Bateman was able to find 240 volunteers for his trial. They are testing the affects of three different drugs from two manufacturers on this group.

    Myriam Marquez, a National Early Stage Advisor for the Alzheimer’s Association, lives with the disease and is a member of Dr. Bateman’s trial. She spoke of the devastating effects Alzheimer’s has had on her and many of her family members. She is an advocate and a participant in the study to help future generations of her family and others with this inherited gene.

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