University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Editorial Archives
March/April 2007  •  Volume 3, Number 2
From the Editor
Check Please! (PDF, 305 KB, 3 pages)
Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD  •  p. 9
Feature Articles
Striving for Excellence in Care for Dementia Residents (PDF, 313 KB, 3 pages)
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) has set a nationwide standard of excellence, called “Excellence in Care,” for settings that provide care to individuals with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias.
Carol Steinberg  •  p. 15
Medication Management: Integrating the Social and Medical Models
(PDF, 285 KB, 5 pages)
Decisions regarding medication management in AL would be strengthened by integrating key elements of both social and medical models.
Paula C. Carder, PhD, John G. Schumacher, PhD, Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD, and Philip D. Sloane, MD, MPH  •  p. 18
Let's Not Lose Sight of Residents' Visual Health (PDF, 458 KB, 4 pages)
By developing a vision plan to assess residents for macular degeneration, AL clinical leaders can help prevent progression of the disease to blindness, enabling AL residents to remain independent longer.
Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD  •  p. 23
4 Ps to Improve Quality of Life in Residents with COPD (PDF, 300 KB, 4 pages)
Providing training in simple energy conservation techniques can remarkably improve quality of life for residents with COPD.
Mimi Jacobs, PT, OCS, and Karie Angstadt, OTR/L, DRS  •  p. 27
Improving the Quality of Transitional Care for Persons with Complex Care Needs (PDF, 238 KB, 3 pages)
The American Geriatric Society position statement on transitional care outlines a coordinated system for successfully transitioning AL residents from one level of care to another.
American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Position Statement  •  p. 30
Strengthening Resident Social Support Systems (PDF, 380 KB, 3 pages)
Described as a profound conduit for support and encouragement by one user, CaringBridge provides Web sites for AL residents, enabling them to stay in touch with family and friends.
Margie Simon  •  p. 33
Developing a New and Better Long-term Care System in New York
(PDF, 262 KB, 3 pages)
Prepared by the Long Term Care Community Coalition (LTCCC), this white paper offers strong support for the social model of AL, calling for guarantees of aging in place.
Long-Term Care Community Coalition (LTCCC)  •  p. 36
Giving the Gift of Life at Any Age (PDF, 197 KB, 1 page)
AL residents are often surprised that they can donate blood. Advancing age and most medication use are not restrictions on donating the gift of life.
p. 40
Clinical Practice Guidelines: Guidelines for Adult Diabetes Care  •  p. 12
Case Study: Infection Indicators in Older Adults  •  p. 14
Legal Corner: Malpractice Prevention  •  p. 39
Experts’ Roundtable  •  p. 41
Test Your Knowledge  •  p. 45
Suggested Resources: AL Coursework and Other Resources  •  p. 47
Facts and Quick Stats/Ad Index  •  p. 48
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