Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December Issue of Provider Now Available!

By Meg LaPorte

Stroke rehabilitation has made some significant strides in recent years. It used to be that whatever progress patients made in the first six months after stroke was all that could be expected. But scientists and practitioners have since found that survivors are able to develop new neuropathways that lead to progress long after six months post-stroke, as Contributing Editor Joanne Kaldy finds in Provider’s December cover story. What’s more, it turns out that despite all the high-tech hype that goes with stroke rehab, high-touch and getting to know the person are the best ways for getting patients back to where they once belonged.

Caring for elders inside the Arctic Circle can be challenging, but at Utuqqanaat Inaat in Kotzebue, Alaska, the northernmost nursing home in the country, caregivers provide person-centered care to their 18 residents with great success. In this month’s Focus on Caregiving column, we learn a little about the Inupiat customs and diet and a lot about making the most of the eternal sunshine of summer.

In December’s Management column, the dining director at Manchester Manor Health Care Center in Manchester, N.H., describes his home’s shift to direct dining. In addition to a methodical roll out, the center realized significant savings.

In this month’s feature article, researchers working for the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality suggest that assisted living providers post consumer-friendly information about the services they offer.

Finally, in the second installment of ProviderNation In Print, Vivian Tellis-Nayak continues his poignant and revealing narrative about his struggle with Parkinson’s disease and the toll it has taken on his marriage and family life.

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