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Folsom5Did you know eating ice cream can improve your health?

You read that correctly.

One nursing home is using the deliciously cool treat to improve health care measures and social interaction. (continue reading…)

Best-Practices-logoHealth care best practices and protocols change over the years as new research and care techniques emerge.

One noticeable change is taking place in nursing homes to improve an individual’s care and quality of life.

For many years, the medical community believed it was best to place alarms on the chairs and beds used by nursing home residents at risk for falling. (continue reading…)

FairHavenBP4Much of southern life centers on our love for food.

We eat at parties and holidays, have special dinners and menus for each season and enjoy each other’s company at meals.

By moving food to the center of resident activities, Fair Haven Retirement Center is improving two important aspects of nursing home care.

This is why Fair Haven’s “Party with Purpose” program is a 2014 Alabama’s Best Practice. (continue reading…)

CullmanBPpicjpgEvery winning football team knows you take the field with your plays already in mind, but it’s in the huddles that game changing plays are developed to accommodate the changes on the field.

Huddles are brief, concise and can happen at any moment.

Health care isn’t a game, but minutes tick off the clock just the same.

Each nursing home resident’s health situation depends on the team of caregivers’ ability to come together quickly, assess the situation concisely and prevent fumbles.

Cullman Health & Rehab Center is using a “Daily Shift Huddle” to make the right call to help nursing home residents achieve a winning health care outcome. (continue reading…)

Best-Practices-logoThis is the first of eight articles highlighting nursing homes that will present at Alabama’s Best Practices on August 28.

These eight skilled nursing centers were selected from the 24 submissions to present their best practice on stage before hundreds of nursing home employees from across Alabama.

Athens Rehab Center & Senior Care will present its best practice: Dementia Assessment and Management. With this initiative, the nursing home is reducing the use of antipsychotic medications used by residents diagnosed with dementia and moving to more individualized behavior management techniques. (continue reading…)

Farrell_Reception8State and local leaders honored Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2014 Edna Farrell on Thursday, August 14.

Arbor Springs Health & Rehab Center in Opelika hosted the event to allow the community to formally congratulate Ms. Farrell on her accomplishment. Ms. Farrell is a resident of Arbor Springs. (continue reading…)

Best-Practices-logoSixteen Alabama nursing homes will be honored for developing innovative approaches to long term care.

The honor will take place at Alabama’s Best Practices on August 28, 2014, in Birmingham.

The skilled nursing care centers will be individually recognized by their peers for developing a unique program or service that improves nursing home resident quality of life, health care practices or nursing home operations.

Each nursing home will also exhibit and provide detailed information about its best practice in the expo hall.

Here are the 16 nursing homes selected as Honorable Mention at Alabama’s Best Practices. (continue reading…)

ArlingtonJohnDunnVery few people live long enough to celebrate their 100th birthday.

Even less play golf to celebrate a century of life.

One Birmingham area nursing home resident recently hit the links to mark his special day. (continue reading…)

Sumter-webA west Alabama nursing home with a long history of serving its community is being recognized for delivering high quality health care.

Sumter Health & Rehab, located in York, has been designated as (continue reading…)

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Alabama’s nursing homes continue to show improvement in customer satisfaction among both nursing home residents and their family members.

The success is highlighted in a blog post by a nationally recognized long term care researcher and the company charged with evaluating customer satisfaction in Alabama nursing homes. Read on to learn more about the improvement and see an infographic that illustrates Alabama’s success. (continue reading…)

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