Our long-term care news is continually updated from dozens of sources around our industry and the web.

Seniors increasingly open to medical marijuana use

Skilled Nursing News (04/19/2018) – An overwhelming majority of older Americans support the use of marijuana as directed by a doctor — despite significant barriers to medically supervised cannabis in long-term care. Full story »

Ambulance cuts pave way for new ride providers in skilled nursing

Medical News Today (04/19/2018) – With mounting financial pressure driving some private ambulance companies out of business, more ride-hailing operators are stepping into the vacuum and providing non-emergency transportation to and from nursing homes. Full story »

Aging lessons: The things that let you thrive in old age are easier than you think

Washington Post (04/14/2018) – In good weather, Sylvia Lask logs thousands of steps a day on her Fitbit as she pushes down New York City sidewalks with her walker. As frequently as once a week, she heads to Albany, walker and all, to lobby state government officials about mental-health issues. Full story »

Data is essential for skilled nursing facilities to thrive in new world

Skilled Nursing News (04/18/2018) – In the face of the changing payment landscape, skilled nursing providers can’t afford to put off data collection. Full story »

Nursing homes may be targeted for turning away patients being treated for opioid addiction

McKnight's (04/18/2018) – Federal investigators could begin cracking down on nursing facilities that refuse admission to patients being treated for opioid addiction, experts are warning. Full story »

6-year-old ‘officer’ gives roses to nursing home residents, tickets for ‘being too cute’

ABC News (04/16/2018) – A 6-year-old boy is bringing smiles to the faces of the elderly residents of his local nursing home. Full story »

High-quality nursing homes lower risks for long-term care placement for older adults

Medical Xpress (04/17/2018) – After being discharged from the hospital, an older person often is admitted directly to a skilled nursing facility (SNF). SNFs specialize in the skilled care we need to recover properly. These facilities also provide the additional rehabilitation we may need before returning home. However, experts have raised concerns about the uneven quality of SNF services, the substantial differences among them, and how they are used in different parts of the country. Full story »

Skilled nursing facilities lose 13% of referrals to competitors

Skilled Nursing News (04/16/2018) – Skilled nursing admissions are driven largely by referrals from area acute-care settings, but that doesn’t mean that operators can’t look at their marketing efforts the way private-pay senior living providers do. Full story »

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