Exercise of the Month: Walking!

Exercise of the Month: Walking!

Goal: To get you outside and enjoying spring weather!     Benefits: There are many benefits to walking.  Walking is not only good for heart health but also good for boosting immunity.  Walking will help maintain your strength and endurance which can help you bounce...
MDS Section J is no “J”oke!

MDS Section J is no “J”oke!

PDPM!  I am sure you have heard about this new payment system by now, right? As you prepare and position yourself for this major change, we have to not only understand all of the moving parts, but more importantly, how all of those moving parts affect resident...
Proposed Rule for FY 2020

Proposed Rule for FY 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) publicly posted the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS) Proposed Rule. The rule updates Medicare Part A per-diem payment rates as well as proposing other key policy...
Measles Aware

Measles Aware

Measles is making a comeback in 2019  Since January of this year, 22 states have experienced a total of 704 cases of measles, an infectious disease that was supposed to be eradicated almost two decades ago.  The most recent cases were found at two California...
Seated Lateral Bends

Seated Lateral Bends

Goal: To stretch the latissimus dorsi muscle, quadratus lumborum and other para spinal muscles that aid in lateral flexion of the trunk. Make overhead reaching easier. Benefits: Tight muscles that run along the sides of our bodies can lead to back and shoulder pain....
Revitalizing Restorative Nursing

Revitalizing Restorative Nursing

Restorative nursing is important to your facility now and will be under the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) payment system. Ensuring that our residents have services to improve or maintain their functional abilities is imperative for resident outcomes and to...