Florida Governor warns that SNFs and ALFs have “no excuse” if caught unprepared for Hurricane Michael

Last year, Hurricane Irma knocked out power to a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida. Without a functioning generator, 14 residents died. According to CBS News, Gov. Rick Scott is warning facilities to prepare in order to avoid a similar tragedy:
“If you’re responsible for a patient, you’re responsible for the patient. Take care of them,” Scott said. “That means you need to make sure that you have back up generation power or you shouldn’t be taking …

Yale studies approach to patient-centered care that involved a critical conversation with patients

Researchers at Yale, New York University School of Medicine, and Baylor College of Medicine recently studied an approach to patient-centered care that involves tailoring healthcare of seniors to senior’s desires.
The approach, which was studied and published in the Journal of American Geriatric Society, included a structured, 30-minute conversation with patients in primary care practices. The information focused on patient’s values, helath goals, what they consider helpful versus burdensome care, and one problem they consider most …

Skilled nursing tops best place to work for aging services

Ranked at the top of the 50 Best Workplaces for Aging Services by Fortune magazine are two skilled nursing facilities, Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center based in Commack, NY, and Van Dyk Healthcare, based in New Jersey.
Fortune analyzed more than 162,000 employees in creating its first Aging Services recognition list. Organizations had to qualify, pay a fee, and submit employees to questioning about culture.
View the rest of the list here.

Alzheimer’s Association launches pilot to help ALFs care for patients

The Alzheimer’s Association has launched a pilot program to connect dementia care experts with assisted-living facilities (ALF). The program is modeled after ECHO, or Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, a telemonitoring program that uses videoconferencing to share information. This pilot connects dementia care experts with leaders from ALFs. The program lasts six months and will include presentations and case studies to enhance care.
The ECHO program started with hepatitis C specialists helping rural primary care providers …