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Geriatrics Toolbox

Geriatrics Toolbox is our blog offering tools, resources, and insights into the care of older adults.

 

It's an emergency!

Posted by Lisa Han in Nursing Homes

Hurricane Patricia, the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western hemisphere, serves as a not-so-gentle reminder for nursing homes and other long-term care providers to review their emergency plans and preparations.

 

Revised Beers Criteria 2015

A new and welcome round of the Beers criteria, published by the American Geriatrics Society, includes a host of downloadable new tools.

 

Nursing Home Compare Data

Posted by Lisa Han in Nursing Homes

Did you know the Nursing Home Compare dataset -- the official dataset used on the Nursing Home Compare website -- is fully downloadable?

 

Health Literacy: An Update

Improving health literacy means improving all the ways we communicate with patients, including prescription drug labeling. The Institute of Medicine's new document, "Health Literacy: Past, Present, and Future," references USP's groundbreaking recommendations calling for patient-centered prescription drug labeling.

 

Which medicines to stop in people with dementia

Posted in Clinical Care

There are some questions over which medications to stop in older adults with dementia. Inappropriate medications in someone with dementia include medicines which: are unlikely to provide benefit, may cause harm, add unnecessary complexity to daily care routines, and/or waste valuable time and money.

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