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ECRI Strategies
With several vaccines against COVID-19 already available through emergency use authorization, others potentially on the way, and a nationwide vaccination campaign to administer the vaccine to as many people as quickly possible, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transition to new phases.
Diving Into Dementia
As the world continues to combat COVID-19, trends established in the beginning of the outbreak are becoming more prevalent, such as the disproportionate infection rates among the most vulnerable patient populations. Older adults, particularly those with Alzheimer disease and other dementias, are…
LTC GPS
Avoidable ED utilization continues to be an issue for SNF providers. Despite a drop in SNF ED admissions due to COVID-19 concerns and overall decrease in SNF occupants, this remains an area of opportunity for greater efficiency and enhanced processes. 
Diving Into Dementia
Rather than impose policies universally, public health might consider identifying those at highest risk then develop appropriate clinical and public health interventions for older adults based on an examination of both the risks and benefits. 
AGS Viewpoint
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting will be your top (virtual) destination for the latest in geriatrics research, education, and clinical care, providing the newest evidence-based scientific information to improve your ability to care for older adults.
ECRI Strategies
This article discusses the challenges related to addressing the mental health needs of older adults, takes a closer look at a few common mental health issues experienced by those in aging services settings, and describes evidence-based approaches to overcome barriers to mental health care.
ECRI Strategies
In aging services, a culture of safety is critical to ensuring safe, high-quality care and services. In fact, numerous studies show a link between a positive safety culture and improved safety within a health care organization.
Diving Into Dementia
Health care professionals need to educate caregivers and family members to manage their stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 health crisis, so that they can thrive in the “new normal” and continue to provide care to the vulnerable persons and family.
ECRI Strategies
Every competent adult—or his or her representative—has the fundamental right to make informed decisions regarding health care, whether that means declining treatment of terminal illnesses or simply choosing not to follow doctors’ orders.
ECRI Strategies
This article discusses the importance of internal and external notifications and best practices to help organizations mobilize a response to an incident in a timely fashion. ​​​​​​​
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