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Annals of Long-Term Care
In the March 21, 2021 issue of The New York Times, several readers responded to issues raised about the impact of COVID-19 vaccinations in a local assisted living facility.  One such reader wrote, “Both my mother and I have been fully vaccinated. All staff members at the facility were offered the…
Annals of Long-Term Care
The effects of COVID-19 continue to reverberate throughout the health care industry, particularly in long-term care facilities in which 5% of the US population reside, but 39% of the COVID-19 deaths have occurred. Many nursing homes have long mandated that nursing staff be vaccinated for the…
Annals of Long-Term Care
The high death rates in Assisted Living Residences (ALRs) and Nursing Homes (NHs), especially in New York, have been attributed by some to positive COVID test results among staff who then infect residents.1   To whatever degree that may be true, the advanced age and underlying conditions of so many…
Annals of Long-Term Care
As I write this blog, over 170, 000 Americans have already died from COVID-19.  It wasn’t that long ago, on January 22, 2020, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released interim guidelines for the control of the virus. On March 1, 2020, a Washington state skilled nursing…
Annals of Long-Term Care
By: Steven Goldschmidt, Vice President, Post-Acute Care, Collective Medical Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are experiencing almost unthinkable levels of stress in 2020, as their efforts to mitigate infection—in particular, the spread of COVID-19—are under a microscope.   SNFs saw more than 107…
Annals of Long-Term Care
Steven Buslovich, MD, and Margaret Sayers, MS, GNP, discuss the current stress nursing facilities are under and explain the importance of assessing frailty to determine appropriate care for chronically ill residents.    To learn more about the frailty scale Dr Buslovich mentioned, see…
Annals of Long-Term Care
By Michael Gordon, MD, MSc, FRCPC It was on CNN non-stop, pictures of Brookdale hospital in Brooklyn New York—a veritable war zone. It brought back memories of when as a medical student in Dundee Scotland I took a summer off and returned to Brooklyn to visit my family and do a studentship at the…
Annals of Long-Term Care
Carl E Johnson, MD, attending physician and co-medical director, discusses the adjustment to telehealth for some nursing homes, and highlights how to keep facilities clean in order to avoid staff shortages in already low-staffed facilities.   
Annals of Long-Term Care
Joanne Lynn, MD, former geriatrician and hospice physician, discusses the latest changes that nursing facilities face in order to keep both residents and staff safe, and provides her outlook on future care policies following the pandemic.   
Annals of Long-Term Care
By Michael Gordon, MD, MSc, FRCPC The idea of the Commons goes back to the Englishmen William Forster Lloyd (1794-1852) and Garrett Hardin (1915-2003) who framed an understanding of the idea that; the common property such as grazing lands which was expanded to much of the world’s goods must be…
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