Facts and free resources for preventing the flu in long-term care

Impacts of the flu on seniors ages 65 years and older range from an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and bacterial lung infection (i.e. bronchitis or pneumonia), as well as a negative impact on ability to function independently. Due to these increased risks, it is unlikely that a senior infected with the flu will regain his or her level of health prior to infection. Effects of the illness may even prove fatal.
Fortunately, there is …

Bill Dombi named president of National Association of Home Care & Hospice

The National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) this on Tuesday announced the appointment of its new president.
Bill Dombi, who had been serving as interim president since August 2017, was officially appointed to the role of president by the NAHC board of directors. Dombi was previously NAHC’s vice president for law.
Related link: View NAHC’s press release here: http://bit.ly/2Czk6sm.

Incorrect quality measure data to be updated, CMS says

Source: Home Health Line
Some pressure ulcer data was mistakenly excluded from recent CMS reports on quality measures for home health agencies, but CMS says the data will be corrected before the measure is publicly reported on Home Health Compare.
The denominator counts for the measure “Percent of residents or patients with pressure ulcers that are new or worsened” were incorrect in recent home health review and correct reports, according to CMS. All numerator information was calculated …

Scientists are able to completely reverse Alzheimer’s in mice

By slowly reducing levels of the enzyme BACE1 in mice as they age, scientists at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio discovered that the formation of amyloid plaques on the brain (bits of protein build up that are believed to be at the root of Alzheimer’s disease) were either prevented or reversed. The study was published on February 14 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.
BACE1 is a protein that forms naturally in the brain and helps …