University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Editorial Archives
September/October 2005  •  Volume 1, Number 5
From the Editor
Disaster Prevention Planning Now Can Prevent Tragedy Later (PDF, 284K)
Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD  •  p. 6
Feature Articles
Discharge Planning and Managing Early Alzheimer's Disease (PDF, 434K)
There is no cure for this illness yet. Nonetheless, there is much that can be done in assisted living and other settings to lessen the fear, stress, and burdens that accompany AD. These interventions start with early assessment, access to available support services, and detailed, comprehensive plans of action and appropriate plans of care.
Nancy L. Losben, RPh, CCP, FASCP, and Irving Stackpole, RRT, Med  •  p. 8
Exercise and Fall Reduction in Assisted Living (PDF, 666K)
This article highlights several key studies documenting the benefits of various types of exercise and activities for this population and offers tips for developing personalized exercise programs for residents that maximize safety and produce results.
Karen Lamb, RN, ND, CS, Reed Engel, MA, FAWHP, and Linda Hollinger-Smith, RN, PhD, FAAN  •  p. 13
Determining the Best ALF Prescription Drug Plans (PDF, 310K)
Any day now, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will announce the prescription drug plans (PDPs) that have been approved to administer the Medicare prescription drug benefit. However, assisted living facilities should begin planning now to evaluate these plans and prepare to identify and recommend the best plans for their residents.
Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD  •  p. 20
AGS Position Statement on Assisted Living (PDF, 353K)
Read the American Geriatrics Society’s position statement, which is designed to serve as a resource for residents, providers, and policymakers regarding the principles essential to realizing the full benefits of ALFs. Also included is a commentary on the statement from AL physician Paula Podrazik, MD.
American Geriatrics Society  •  p. 23
E-Prescribing in Assisted Living: Keys to Success (PDF, 219K)
The Bush Administration and various government agencies are promoting the use of e-prescribing by physicians use serve our nation’s elderly. This article offers an introduction to e-prescribing, its pros and cons, and commentary from AL practitioners about its utility in this care setting.
Rachelle F. Spiro, RPh, FASCP  •  p. 26
AMDA Clinical Practice Guideline: Osteoporosis in Assisted Living (PDF, 238K)
American Medical Directors Association  •  p. 30
Experts’ Roundtable: Now that the Part D plans have been announced, what do you think? Are there any surprises for ALFs?  •  p. 36
Legal Corner: Risk Management in Assisted Living  •  p. 39
The Interdisciplinary Team: The Physician’s Role in Assisted Living  •  p. 41
Calendar of Events  •  p. 44
Q&A/Facts and Quick Stats  •  p. 45
Suggested Resources  •  p. 47
Advertiser Index  •  p. 48
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