Apr 22, 2018
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Ensuring Adequate Hydration in the Elderly

According to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, dehydration is the most common fluid and electrolyte disorder in the elderly with a prevalence of 20-40%.The elderly are at a high risk for dehydration related to a decreased sense of thirst, fear of being incontinent, swallow difficulties and gastrointestinal disorders just to name a few. … [ Read More ]

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Superfoods for Those Over 50

Losing weight and eating healthy are some of the many ways to help improve our lives. But did you know that there are some foods that can help protect vital organs such as the eyes, lungs, heart and brain? These foods are especially important as we age. AARP has created a list of the top … [ Read More ]

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When Eating Becomes a Chore

As we age it is normal for our appetites to become decreased. Aging results in a decrease in physical activity and metabolic rate. However, residents in long term care facilities who continue to lose weight can be at a higher mortality rate. According to the Annals of Long-Term Care, physiologic, pathologic, psychologic, and sociologic factors … [ Read More ]

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Nutrition and Wound Care

Decubitus ulcers, or pressures sores, are areas of skin that break down due to something rubbing against it or pressing on it. Vascular ulcers (stasis ulcers) are ulcers that occur with poor circulation in the lower extremities. These can be either venous or arterial. Venous ulcers are painless. Arterial ulcers are painful.   Diabetic ulcers are … [ Read More ]

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June is National Dairy Month

June marks many celebrations to kick off the summer season. It is the end of school for many children, graduation ceremonies for high school and college students, weddings and the start of vacation season. June is also National Dairy Month which has been celebrated since 1939. National Dairy Month is a great time for Americans … [ Read More ]

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Liberalizing Diets in Long-term Care

Therapeutic diets are often ordered for residents of long-term care facilities. A therapeutic diet is defined as a diet intended to treat a disease or help manage a medical condition. Some examples include a 2 gm sodium, diabetic, and renal diets. However, many of these diets may not be appropriate for nursing home residents. Focus … [ Read More ]

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Preparing for a Kitchen Inspection

Annual state surveys can be a stressful time for all departments in a long term care facility. The food service department has many areas that surveyors will be looking at during their review. Here are some key points to keep in mind when preparing for an annual state inspection. Are all sanitation licenses of dietary … [ Read More ]

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National Nursing Home Week® is May 12-18th, 2013

National Nursing Home Week® is being celebrated this year the week of May 12th – 18th in skilled nursing facilities throughout America. The theme of this year is “Team Care”. National Nursing Home Week’s® theme recognizes residents and patients in long term and post-acute care settings, the dedicated staff who care for them, and the … [ Read More ]

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National Nursing Home Week® is May 12-18th, 2013

National Nursing Home Week® is being celebrated this year the week of May 12th – 18th in skilled nursing facilities throughout America. The theme of this year is “Team Care”. National Nursing Home Week’s® theme recognizes residents and patients in long term and post-acute care settings, the dedicated staff who care for them, and the … [ Read More ]

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National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May is National Physical Fitness and sports month. With spring in the air and summer on the way, it’s time to take advantage of the beautiful weather and be active! Being active has total body benefits. It not only can benefit you physically but also emotionally and mentally. It can also go as far as … [ Read More ]

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