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Nursing homes in Illinois are on “red alert” as that state’s attorney general continues to conduct unannounced raids of long-term care facilities in search of wanted criminals, according to local reports.

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A new white paper developed by the American Medical Directors Association highlights successful and effective processes for transferring patients from acute care to skilled nursing facilities.

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Residents of Westhills Village will spend a fun afternoon flying kites in honor of Earth Day. The kite flying will be on April 21st at 2:30 PM at the Villas at Westhills, on Villa Ridge Court.  Residents will be shuttled from the Westhills Village main campus on Texas Street to Villa Ridge Court to pay homage to the great South Dakota wind and enjoy the array of bright, beautiful kites. 

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They may never have the skills of Bruce Lee, but seniors with osteoporosis can use martial arts training to learn to fall more safely, researchers say.

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Most Americans are still unsure what effect the new healthcare law will have on them, and seniors more than any other group view the new reforms unfavorably, according to results of a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey.

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Medicare cuts under the new healthcare reform law could add 12 years of solvency to the program—but they may also be unrealistic and need to be scaled back, according to results of a new study from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Martin A. Goetz, Chief Executive Officer of River Garden/Wolfson Health & Aging Center became chair-elect of the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) at their April annual meeting recently held in Atlanta, Georgia.  Goetz will become chair in March 2011 and will serve through 2013. AJAS represents over 115 not-for-profit Jewish elder care providers throughout North America. The current chair is Barbra Gold from Maimonides Jewish Geriatric Center in Montreal; AJAS’ headquarters are in Washington, D.C…

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The Senate Budget Committee Thursday approved a fiscal year 2011 budget resolution that freezes discretionary spending through fiscal year 2013 for most federal programs, including healthcare. But the resolution also includes a reserve fund that could be used to repeal the unpopular outpatient Medicare Part B therapy caps.

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Federal health officials said Thursday that they still don’t have a way to calculate proper Medicare nursing home reimbursement rates after mandated changes are to take place this fall with the introduction of MDS 3.0.

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Silverado_Beverly_Place Silverado Senior Living celebrated the grand opening of the company’s 20th memory care community late last month. Silverado Senior Living-Beverly Place’s central location in Los Angeles borders Cedars Sinai, Olympia and UCLA medical centers. The three-story building, which was previously known as the Shalom Hotel, was under extensive construction for more than two years and can currently accommodate 64 residents and will be expanded further for a total of 150 residents.  Beverly Place also includes a Silverado Social neighborhood for those in the early stages of memory impairment.  Silverado-Beverly Place was designed as an elegant homelike environment with the help of Irwin Pancake Associates’ architectural team, and Center Point Construction.

“Silverado is very excited to bring LIFE to those affected by Alzheimer’s and other memory-impairing illnesses here in the greater Los Angeles area,” said Loren Shook, Founder, President and CEO of the company. “Silverado is a company that is driven by our mission, vision and core values to really change the way people treat memory impairment. Our associates touch the human spirit in the work they do with residents, providing truly unique care in the assisted living industry. The construction and opening of Silverado-Beverly Place has been a company-wide effort many years in the making. We are excited to offer our signature world-class services to Los Angeles, both to the public and our medical partners.”

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Jenelyn C. Lim, M.D., of Stratford, has been named hospice medical director for Masonicare’s homecare affiliate, Masonicare Home Health & Hospice.  As medical director for the statewide hospice and palliative care program, Dr. Lim will be responsible for administration, community and physician outreach, program development and consultation with care partners both within and outside of the Masonicare continuum.   In 2008, the not-for-profit organization provided more than 100,000 days of hospice care to patients and families in Connecticut. 

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Like many who watched the news out of Haiti after the devastating January earthquake, 82-year-old Earline Small of Oakland, Calif., was deeply moved.

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The Springfield, Ohio-based owner and manager of senior living facilities has signed an agreement to purchase a privately held assisted living facility in Hoover … our more capable management, we expect this acquisition to be very profitable for …

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Eleanor Childers was traveling as a courier, carrying classified information about the Pan-American Highway. World War II was under way, and Childers was working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Costa Rica to build an alternative transportation route in case the Panama Canal was attacked.

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President Obama Thursday night signed a bill that postpones a scheduled 21.2% cut in Medicare physician pay and extends the COBRA unemployment insurance benefit until June 1. He made it law just hours after the legislation cleared both houses of Congress.

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