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Illinois Industry Salaries Revealed

Realizing the importance of salary survey information for senior living providers to build and maintain competitive pay structures for their employees, LeadingAge Illinois recently released their annual salary and benefits reports conducted with member organizations. The reports provide key salary and benefits comparisons across regions and positions (i.e., administration, managers,...

Why Turnover in Nursing Home Staff Matters

Although prior research on factors impacting quality indicators of resident outcomes in nursing homes has focused on nursing home staffing and skill mix, less attention has been paid to the potential impact of staff turnover. A recent study used data from the National Nursing Home Survey to determine the impact of nursing staff turnover on residents. Even when staffing mix, bed size,...

Using Self-Reports of Individuals with Dementia to Examine How the Experience of Dementia Affects Psychosocial Outcomes

Most studies of the psychological and social outcomes associated with dementia have relied on reports given by caregivers and clinicians to describe the experiences of individuals with dementia. Unfortunately, using such proxy reports can introduce potential biases that lead to under- or overestimating the subjective experiences of individuals with dementia. Recently developed methods...

How Do Medication Aides Affect Care Quality?

Several states have allowed skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to hire medication aides to administer medications to residents. Medication aides have less formal training than registered nurses (RNs) or licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and some observers have voiced concern that the use of medication aides would lead SNFs to employ fewer RNs and LPNs, reducing quality of care for...

Group Meetings Versus Home Visits

In a study comparing interventions designed to prevent loss of independence in activities of daily living among adults age 80 or better, Swedish researchers found that compared to home visits, group meetings of elderly adults led to more positive long-term outcomes. This study included a representative sample of 459 independent and community-dwelling older adults, who were randomly...

Nursing Home Administrative Policy and Environment May Reduce Falls Risk

A pilot study, recently presented in a report in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, provides useful initial findings for the use of nursing home (NH) administration in the assessment and reduction of falls risk. The researchers surveyed a small sample of NH directors of nursing (DON), observed the institutional and environmental falls risk factors in visits to a subset of these...

The State of Seniors Housing 2012

This research report on operational performance in seniors housing (collected in 2012 for performance results for the 12 months ending on 12/31/2011) includes data from nearly 2,000 senior apartments, independent living communities, assisted living residences and continuing care retirement communities. Every region of the continental US is represented among survey respondents. The...

Hurricane Evacuation: Its Impact on Nursing Home Residents with Dementia

Natural disasters challenge any organization that must put evacuation plans in place to move those who are vulnerable. Recent research suggests that those with dementia may be particularly susceptible to the impact of evacuation. Researchers fromUniversityofSouth Florida’sSchoolofAging Studiesfound that evacuation contributed significantly to increased rates of hospitalization,...

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