The Eldercare Workforce Alliance provides an overview of the skills needed to improve the role of direct care workers, with a focus on home-based long-term care settings.

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As the CDC recently reported, flu vaccine uptake is lowest among long-term care professionals. So we asked readers to respond to three questions regarding mandatory flu vaccines for staff and residents. The results of an ALTC poll revealed mixed opinions. Where do you stand?

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Providing patient-centered care begins before opening the door of a resident's room. This column reviews a new resource for providing care that is sensitive to different cultural beliefs, culture-specific health risks, and gender issues.

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Practical Research


The mortality associated with this disease process is staggering in this vulnerable population. View More
This article provides a brief overview of HBO2 therapy indications, safety and side effects, and its potential role in nursing home care. View More
The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) increases with age and is projected to escalate in coming decades. View More

Ask The Expert

Part 2 discusses identifying and managing xerostomia due to numerous etiologies in older adults. View More
Part 1 of a two-part series on oral problems in older adults. View More
This Q&A with Ramona Rhodes, MD, reviews the balance between medical evidence and emotional investment in the decision to place a feeding tube in patients with advanced dementia. View More

Quality Improvement

A QI project involving a specialized NP led to significant improvements in patient outcomes. View More
The authors describe the perceptions of nursing home providers who participated in a PIPP-funded QI project and completed a survey addressing a variety of QI-related concerns. View More

Case Reports/Photo Quiz

What is the cause of this horn-like lesion on an elderly woman's face? Test yourself in our new photo quiz. Click through for the full case report and a discussion of the correct and incorrect answer choices. View More
After stopping and/or reducing the dose of eight different medications, the case patient showed dramatic improvements. View More
Fluoroquinolone-induced hypoglycemia remains underreported. View More


This is the fourth article in a series from Allan Vann, who has shared his experience as a caregiver for his wife, Clare, who has Alzheimer's disease. View More
This poem offers a physician's perspective on the passing of time and end-of-life care. View More

AGS Viewpoint/Resources

This column reviews a new resource for providing care sensitive to different cultural beliefs, culture-specific health risks, gender issues, and more. View More
Nonpharmacological strategies for managing these problems are preferred. View More
Providing high-quality care for older adults, many of whom have multiple complex chronic conditions, requires specific knowledge and skills. View More

Medicare Update

2015 will bring many changes sure to impact long-term care providers. Those who understand these changes are poised to share in substantial healthcare savings and improve quality care. View More
How will long-term care be financed and delivered in the future? The 15-member Commission on Long-Term Care recently submitted its final report to Congress outlining its answers to this important question. View More

Special Articles/Ethics

The therapeutic potential of animals in numerous clinical areas has been increasingly recognized. View More
SNFs vary in their strengths and weaknesses, and some may not be equipped to care for the complex needs of individuals who are ill. View More