Tag: nursing homes

Covering Out-of-Pocket Costs Associated with Alzheimer’s Care
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Covering Out-of-Pocket Costs Associated with Alzheimer’s Care

Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels   Nearly 44 million American seniors currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Treatment and care for Alzheimer’s can end up costing an annual average of $56,800. And while Medicare or private insurance may cover some costs, 60 percent of that expense falls to the family.   Different Alzheimer’s patients need different...

Challenges and Strategies in Psychiatric Patient Treatment at Skilled Nursing Facilities
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Challenges and Strategies in Psychiatric Patient Treatment at Skilled Nursing Facilities

We found Dr. Robert Figlerski’s list of challenges and strategies in treating psychiatric patients in a long-term care setting, originally published in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, enlightening.   Challenges: Demographic shifts—when staff training doesn’t keep up with patient needs. Confusion over how to properly use psychotropic medications (such as antipsychotics.) Confusion and misinformation about non-drug...

Merrymakers Association: Serving Omaha Nursing Home Residents for 32 Years
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Merrymakers Association: Serving Omaha Nursing Home Residents for 32 Years

A group of performers and musicians enters a nursing home, often greeting residents individually, by name. When they start to play, the effect is transformative. Some clap their hands. Others sing along. Everyone is moved.   The performance has benefits even after performers leave—social interaction increases, memories of the past are brought back to active...

Reducing Off-Label Antipsychotic Use in Skilled Nursing Facilities
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Reducing Off-Label Antipsychotic Use in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Dr. Randy Beckett, PMHNP-BC (right) of Encounter Telehealth works directly with Jessica Lieberman (left), Social Services Director and Admission Coordinator and Tara Watchorn (Center), BSN, RN, Director of Nursing of Morys Haven Care Center to coordinate the reduction of antipsychotic use.   Human Rights Watch recently reported that off-label antipsychotic drug use (drugs used for a...

Encounter Featured in “10 Best Tech Startups in Omaha”
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Encounter Featured in “10 Best Tech Startups in Omaha”

Encounter Telehealth was recently featured in the Tech Tribune’s 10 Best Tech Startups in Omaha, based on the evaluation criteria of revenue potential, leadership team, brand traction, and competitive landscape.   In simpler terms, Encounter fills a specific void in the market by offering mental health services to seniors in nursing homes through secure video...