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New horizons. (Editor's Notebook).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... Change is the only constant in our lives. MANY OF YOU HAVE LIKELY heard this quote before. It is certainly a truism for CLTC as well. You have probably noticed the changes in our staff box: I am the new editor. This is my 13th year...
Medicare to increase nursing home payments. (Under the Wire).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... CMS recently announced a 2.6 percent increase in payments to skilled nursing facilities for fiscal year 2003, resulting in nearly. $400 million more in payments to nursing facilities. CMS also decided to leave in place the current...
October 1-7 2002 designated LTC Awareness Week. (Under the Wire).(long term care)(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... Citizens For Long Term Care (CLTC), a coalition of long term care consumers, providers, insurers, workers and professionals, has designated Oct. 1-7, 2002, Long Term Care Awareness Week. CLTC state chapters will sponsor town hall meetings and...
PACE adds another permanent organization-Baltimore, Md. (Under the Wire).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in conjunction with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, recently announced its approval of a Seattle-based PACE Organization, Providence ElderPlace-Seattle. ...
Extendicare posts another profit gain. (Under the Wire).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... One of the largest nursing-home operators recently reported its third consecutive quarterly profit for this year, compared to a loss of $4.1 million, or 6 cents a share, a year earlier. Net earnings for Extendicare Inc were $2.1 million,...
Shadow shortage in LTC workers creating care gap: demographic trends are driving the growing crisis. (Newsfronts).(long term care)
September 1, 2002... THE LONG-TERM CARE INDUSTRY IS SUFfering a growing shortage of CNAs that shadows the nursing crisis, which gained national attention in August when the Joint Commission on Accreditations of Healthcare Organizations issued its warning about...
View from the Hill.
September 1, 2002... VIEW FROM THE HILL Bill Title Description H.R. 3487 Nurse Reinvestment Provides incentives for the S. 1864 Act recruitment, training and Staffing ...
Fatty diet may increase Alzheimer's risk. (Newsfronts).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... FATTY DIET MAY INCREASE RISK OF Alzheimer's. A recent study found that people who are genetically susceptible to Alzheimer's and ate more calories and fat doubled the risk of developing the disease, according to a report in the Archives of...
States lead consumer-oriented assisted living reform. (State News).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... States are leading the way in assisted living reform with more than 180 bills pending in state legislatures throughout the nation this year, according to the Mid-year Legislative Wrap-up report recently issued by The Assisted Living...
Beverly records $14m loss in 2nd quarter. (Filings).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... For the second quarter of 2002, Beverly Enterprises Inc. has recorded a loss of $14 million. The Fort Smith, Ark-based company asserts that the toss is primarily due to previously disclosed increases in patient-care liability reserves....
Kindred shows 9 percent revenue increase. (Filings).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... Kindred Healthcare Inc. reports $839 million in revenues for the second quarter of 2002, a 9 percent increase over the $771 million reported in the year-earlier period. Excluding unusual items, net income for the quarter was $20.6 million,...
Manor Care shows steady revenue increase. (Filings).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... Toledo, Ohio-based Manor Care Inc. reports that net revenues for the second quarter of 2002 were $728 million--a nearly 10 percent increase over the $663 million reported in the year-earlier quarter. Before the net effect of unusual items,...
Roche strikes deal with Memory Pharmaceuticals. (Supplier News).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... Roche has acquired an exclusive worldwide license from Memory Pharmaceuticals to develop compounds for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Roche and Memory also will develop compounds within the same drug class for other indicators, such as...
JoAnne F. Carlin has been named vice president of Resident Care. (Corporate Ladder).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... JoAnne F. Carlin has been named vice president of Resident Care and Linda A. Mura has been named vice president of Marketing and Corporate Communications by Classic Residence by Hyatt, the Chicago-based senior living affiliate of Hyatt Corp.
Carol Raphael. (Corporate Ladder).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... Carol Rapbael, president and chief executive officer of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, has been reappointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).
Deborah S. Adler. (Corporate Ladder).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... Deborah S. Adler, as director of marketing, and Sharon Bova, as sales counselor, join Baltimore-based Coventry CareLink.
Randi McGough. (Corporate Ladder).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... Randi McGough has been named vice president of sales by LifeTrust America, Franklin, Tenn.-based owner and operator of Morningside Assisted Living communities.
Pat Chism. (Corporate Ladder).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... Pat Chism has been appointed executive director of Morton Villa and Morton Terrace, both in Morton, Ill., by Des Plaines, Ill.-based Platinum Health Care.
Mark Ivancic. (Corporate Ladder).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... Mark Ivancic has been named assistant vice president of financial management and analysis by Classic Residence by Hyatt, the senior living affiliate of Chicago-based Hyatt Corp.
Glen Tipton. (Corporate Ladder).
September 1, 2002... Glen Tipton, senior vice president at Baltimore-based Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet Inc., has been elected to The American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows.
To Grandma's house we go: a clustered living concept offers a more home-like environments.(Cover Story)
September 1, 2002... FOR SEVERAL YEARS, MANY LONG TERM CARE DESIGN PUBLIcations have been touting the benefits of clustering new assisted living facilities and nursing homes. The clustering concept groups individuals with similar care needs into...
Tailor-made incontinence care: match type of incontinence to resident assessment for optimal treatment. Second of two parts. (Incontinence).
September 1, 2002... THE FIRST STEP IN TREATING URINARY incontinence is to determine what type of incontinence the resident has. This can be accomplished through a detailed assessment such as the one outlined in part one of this series. (See "Urinary incontinence...
UnCAMventional treatment: do complementary/alternative medicines have a place in your facility? (CAM).
September 1, 2002... UNTIL RECENTLY, HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, CLINICIANS, AND insurers in this country were quick to ignore the benefits derived from offering complementary! alternative medicines (CAM) in conjunction with traditional therapies, but times are...
Order of Excellence in Foodservice: dining style finds a place on the menu. (Awards).
September 1, 2002... While waiting for this year's entries for the Order of Excellence in Foodservice Awards to reach our office, we wondered what kind of new and exciting dining programs were being presented to residents over the past year. Our wait was rewarded...
The nursing home crack: even the best care will be challenged by osteoporosis. (Caregiving).
September 1, 2002... MANY 60-YEAR-OLD WOMEN SAY THEY FEAR FALLING, knowing how easily they can break a bone. Their fear is well founded: The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) attributes more than 1.5 million fractures annually to osteoporosis. (1) ...
Divine beginnings: a convent blossoms into an adult care center. (Design).
September 1, 2002... SOME PEOPLE LAUGHED WHEN CYNTHIA LONGCHAMPS, A divorced mother of three with little money and no medical background began raising funds to convert a convent for cloistered nuns into a respite center for people with Alzheimer's disease and...
Quantity and quality: your sales leads will need plenty of both to get the job done. (Assisted Living).
September 1, 2002... FILLING A NEW ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITY OR JUMP-STARTING a stalled one requires a vital resource that is frequently over looked -- acquiring a sufficient number of qualified leads. The actual number of qualified leads required to fill an...
Asset and people tracking. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Patient/visitor/staff locating, automatic asset tracking, and file tracking * Operates on Windows platform Versus Technology Inc. 231-946-5868 CIRCLE NO. 150
Bed-Check System. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Offers flexible solutions for health care challenges with technologically advanced monitoring systems for bed, wheelchair, and bathroom related falls. Bed-Check Corporation 800-523-7956 CIRCLE NO. 153
Secure Care Software. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Provides clear display of the monitored floor plan and devices. * PC monitor displays a highly visible and detailed alert message Secure Care Products Inc. 800-451-7917 CIRCLE NO. 151
GF four-wire multi-unit audio/visual system. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Flexible, allowing mix-and-match modules for system configuration * "Auto-entry" feature available Aiphone Corporation 800-692-0900 CIRCLE NO. 154
HomeFree On-Site. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Real-time indication of location, automatic alert, prompt staff paging * Personal Watcher wristwatch sends continuous signal * Simple installation, easy integration with other systems HomeFree Inc. 800-606-0661 CIRCLE...
Security Escort Personal Tracking System. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Provides a full range of convenient and discreet personal security and medical alert devices * Security Escort is ideal for independent and assisted living residences Detection Systems Inc. 888-289-0096 CIRCLE NO. 155
PatientCare 16 & 64. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Provides superior range (1,500 to 4,000 feet open field) * Each transmitter checks in silently every minute * Transmitter sends ID every time * Monitors up to 16 respectively. Care Electronics 303-444-2273 CIRCLE...
Emergency response system. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Centralized alter detection and call dispatch software. (Shopper) * Voice-enabled messages and mobile phones March Networks 800-563-5564 CIRCLE NO. 157
PROTECT Emergency Response System. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Wirless emergency and nurse call * Nationwide LOCAL service and support PROTECT Emergency Response Systems Inc. 800-548-8805 CIRCLE NO. 159
AccessPRO System. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Easy way for those with physical limitations to operate doors * Promotes independence and a better quality of life Stanley 800-782-6539 CIRCLE NO. 158
WatchMate Wander Prevention System. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * System uses RF technology to monitor Alzheimer's residents in health, care facilities who tend to wander from safe areas * Wide range of products to fit any facility, no matter its size or budget Xmark 800-267-9111 CIRCLE...
SimplyThick food thickener. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Thickens all liquids--hot and cold * Available in pre-measured packets * Quick-mixing gel formulation minimizes preparation time Phagia-Gel Technologies LLC 800-205-7115 CIRCLE NO. 161
3000 Handrail series. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Handrail top removes for easy maintenance and replacement * Ergonomically designed thumb groove for better gripping ability InPro Corporation 800-222-5556 CIRCLE NO. 162
Securline Redi+Wash Thermal Warming Pouch. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Maintains the warmth of pre-heated wash packages * Holds up to four 8-cloth packs Precision Dynamics Corporation 800-772-1122 CIRCLE NO. 164
Equalizer cushion. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Multi-component construction features enhance comfort, positioning, and pressure relief * Moisture-resistant cover Span-America Medical Systems 800-888-6752 CIRCLE NO. 165
QualCare AutoBrake. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Prevents wheelchair injuries by stopping backward wheelchair movement when the user rises from the wheelchair AliMed Inc. 800-225-2610 CIRCLE NO. 166
Thera-Glide Safety-Glider. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Rocker self-locks while user is sitting down or getting up * Features side stabilizers and ergonomic armrests Optima Products Inc. 888-990-9394 CIRCLE NO. 167
New-Matic Bed Alarm. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Air-operated bed-exit alert system eliminates sensor strips * Available with either bedside alarm or nurse-call interface SkIL-Care Corporation 800-431-2972 CIRCLE NO. 169
Diversity Now video training program. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Aimed at fostering understanding and improving communication Coastal Training Technologies Corp. 800-28-9107 CIRCLE NO. 170
Bath+Safe Deluxe Tub Safety Rail. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Features a non-metal handle that's easy to grasp and rubber pads that protect tub from scratches Maddak Inc. 873-628-7600 CIRCLE NO. 171
ShiKai Borage Therapy. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Treats severely dry, inflamed, or irritated skin * Active ingredient is the essential fatty acid gammalinolenic acid (GLA) ShiKai Products 800-448-0298 CIRCLE NO. 172
Office furniture. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * A variety of health care-approved furniture for your office or conference room, including desks, filing cabinets, chairs, and folding tables. Direct Supply 800-634-7328 CIRCLE NO. 173
Dementia Care Documentation Manual. (Shopper).(Brief Article)
September 1, 2002... * Provides in-depth understanding of various types of dementia and related behaviors and a correlation to federal regulations Briggs Corporation 800-247-2343 CIRCLE NO. 174
Thick & Easy Pureed Shaped Fruits. (Shopper).
September 1, 2002... * No preparation time needed, just thaw, plate, and serve * Packaged frozen in 48 molded portions per case Hormel HealthLabs 800-866-7757 CIRCLE NO. 175
Pro-Alert 640 Audio-Visual Nurse Call System. (Shopper).
September 1, 2002... * Incorporates microprocessor based technology * System distinguishes three priority levels: routine, urgent, and emergency Jeron Electronic Systems Inc. 800-621-1903 CIRCLE NO. 176
Classic oxford shirt. (Shopper).
September 1, 2002... * Hidden velcro closures allow those with impaired finger dexterity or hand tremors to dress independently Independent You 877-463-3968 CIRCLE NO. 177
TABS Professional. (Shopper).
September 1, 2002... * Can be mounted to chair, wall, bed, or wheelchair * Versatile monitoring options Senior Technologies 800-824-2995 CIRCLE NO. 178
ALFA's new leader. (Spotlight On).(Assisted Living Federation of America appoints Paul R. Willging)
September 1, 2002... What will be the greatest challenge for assisted living providers over the next decade? Willging: Basically, assisted living is a customer-focused approach to facility-based long term care, whereas nursing homes became very much...