Supportive Dining in Memory Care: Taking a Fresh Approach

For people living with dementia, dining can serve up a host of challenges. Many memory care residents in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and other senior living communities are finicky eaters, and food preferences often turn on a dime. Some have difficulty discerning colors, temperatures, and plate boundaries. Chewing and swallowing may eventually be compromised, along…

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PDPM: Enhancing Senior Care With a New Payment Model

Despite high spending in the Medicare program – $702 billion in 2017 – ensuring consistent, high-quality senior care is often an elusive goal. To tackle the challenge, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) continues to evolve its Medicare payment structure. The newest system is the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), a Medicare reimbursement plan…

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Things to consider when making a decision for your mom or dad

Preparing for Alzheimer’s and dementia care Authors: Doug Russell, L.C.S.W., Tina de Benedictis, Ph.D., and Joanna Saisan, M.S.W. Last updated: March 2016.   Is it time to move? As Alzheimer’s progresses, the physical and mental demands on you as caregiver can gradually become overwhelming. Each day can bring more challenges. The patient may require total…

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