Welcome to thought leadership

  • According to Michael S. Wolf, Director for Applied Research on Aging at Northwestern University, the lack of health literacy in the United States has been amplified due to COVID-19 and the accompanying misinformation about the virus. He estimates that one in five people struggle with health information, especially individuals who don’t understand the right questions to ask their healthcare providers. Read Full Post
  • On October 16, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense (DoD) announced agreements with CVS and Walgreens to provide and administer COVID-19 vaccines to residents of long-term care facilities (LTCFs) nationwide with no out-of-pocket costs. Protecting especially vulnerable Americans has been a critical part of the Trump Administration’s work to combat COVID-19, and LTCF residents may be part of the prioritized groups for initial COVID-19 vaccination efforts until there are enough doses available for every American who wishes to be vaccinated. Read Full Post
  • A recent article published in Skilled Nursing News (SNN) uncovered two levels of rehab therapy partnership -- Therapy Program Management and Full Service -- allowing facilities to choose the model that fits their specific needs. However, not all therapy providers offer these flexible options. Additionally, SNN interviewed RehabCare Senior Vice President of Quality and Care Management Mary Van de Kamp to gain further insight into how RehabCare has successfully utilized these two partnership offerings to help facilities remain successful during this difficult year for healthcare providers and more specifically, SNFs. She also highlights the industry’s most pressing current therapy needs against the backdrop of today’s challenging environment. Read Full Post
  • Benefits of Outsourcing Rehab Therapy

    By RehabCare
    As facilities work toward implementing efficient and cost-effective strategies due to COVID-19, many are moving to outsourcing some or all of their operations to a third-party vendor. Those who already rely on a trusted partner for their rehabilitation services are able to continue providing vital care to patients while their partner brings in outside expertise and resources to improve clinical and operational outcomes on a local level. Read Full Post
  • Infection control and prevention measures have become more important than ever as facilities work toward providing a safe and healthy care environment for patients and staff through COVID-19 and beyond. There are key measures that can be utilized to help ensure that those within a facility remain safe and the necessary care is provided to allow patients to reach their recovery goals. Read Full Post
  • Behavioral health needs for residents impacted by social isolation and other facility restrictions continues to grow as COVID-19 persists throughout the nation. Due to these lengthened restrictions, SNF and AL/IL residents are experiencing drastic changes to their daily routines and therapy sessions, therefore negatively impacting their mental, physical and psychosocial well-being. Read Full Post
  • Methods to Rebuild Trust through COVID-19

    By RehabCare
    A recent Advisory Board article, “Our Take: How COVID-19 Will Impact Senior Care,” detailed that in their efforts to rebound from COVID-19, SNFs are also working to rebuild trust within the communities they serve by reassuring that the quality of care provided to patients and measures taken to maintain a safe and healthy environment for recovery have not faltered. By doing so, SNFs can strengthen the level of trust between patients, partners and the public. Read Full Post
  • Prior to admitting a patient, a facility must first determine if they meet the proper criteria. Our newest innovative solution, Admit Assist, makes the admission process more efficient and accurate by screening vital patient documentation in real time, benefiting both the facility and its patients. Read Full Post
  • Social isolation and quarantine are having a major impact on behavioral health in SNF and AL/IL facilities. In a recent webinar, RehabCare uncovered the major impacts and offered strategies to combat its effects. According to the webinar, since the implementation of social isolation measures, stress in seniors has risen 70% while the suicide rate in older adults currently sits at 18% of all suicides nationwide. The list of drastic statistics continues to grow as residents feel the effects of isolation, in turn affecting levels of mobility, brain cognition, mood, depression and more. Read Full Post
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increased focus on therapists and their vital role in preventing hospital readmissions. Speech therapy practitioners, in particular, are able to help avert the need for alternative means of nutrition, provide interventions for improved cognition and independence, and also assist with proper respiratory techniques post-hospitalization. Read Full Post