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first_img“Building on the quality of care we already provide, we have identified some practices around how to improve the quality of care for clients with dementia,” said Rowe. “We have developed educational opportunities and supported staff to participate in learning, and we have also encouraged and supported our clinical nurse educators to receive resources around dementia care and introduce those into our facilities as well.”Equipment such as specialised beds, mattresses, falls-prevention equipment, and bedside tables and chairs will be purchased with a portion of the funding, and recreational, occupational and physiotherapy services will also be enhanced. The funding will also be used towards the introduction of electronic care planning to improve coordination and information-sharing between physicians and all members of the team responsible for looking after seniors in residential care.Rowe said the rate increases are expected to generate ongoing revenue that will be invested back directly into improved residential care.Under the new residential care rate structure, clients now pay up to 80 per cent of their after-tax income towards room and board, as long as they are left with at least $275 a month for personal expenses. Approximately 25 per cent of clients – those with the lowest incomes – saw a reduction in their rates in February, 2010, resulting in an annual savings of up to $540 a year, while 75 per cent saw an increase. Rates now range from $894 a month to a maximum of $2,932 a month.Advertisement The government maintains the new rate structure is fairer to lower-income clients, and that residential care rates in public facilities are still much less expensive than rates in private facilities. Northern Health reports it will continue to invest the balance of $2.9 million in funding generated by a new rate structure for residential care clients into its 23 residential care facilities in northern British Columbia this year.The provincial government introduced rate increases in 2009 that were phased in over two years, and were expected to generate around $53.7 million in additional revenue for health authorities to invest in improved care. The second half of that increase came into effect at the beginning of this year, and Northern Health will continue to invest the money generated by those rate changes into areas such as increased staffing, educational and training opportunities for staff, equipment and improved client services, said Tim Rowe, executive lead for the elder population for the health authority.- Advertisement -“In some way, all of the facilities will benefit from this $2.9 million, and will benefit in a variety of ways,” he said.Part of that funding was used to increase the level of direct care staffing in special care units, such as increased time for Residential Care Aides.”We looked at the region as a whole to decide which of the areas needed enhancements in their staffing levels,” said Rowe. “We did an analysis of where the greatest need was to increase those levels.”Funding will also be directed to education and learning opportunities for employees caring for seniors, with a special focus on care for clients with dementia.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories – / 23 The Arizona Cardinals’ selection of offensive lineman Cole Toner from Harvard in the fifth round continued general manager Steve Keim’s trend of drafting players from outside Power Five conferences.Keim hit home runs drafting John Brown in the third-round out of Pittsburg State in 2014 and nose tackle Rodney Gunter from Delaware State in the fourth-round last year.Toner’s coach at Harvard, Tim Murphy, thinks Keim and the Cardinals hit right on the offensive lineman as well. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Harvard offensive tackle Cole Toner does the 40 yard dash during an NFL football Pro Day Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) LISTEN: Tim Murphy, Harvard Head Football Coach Your browser does not support the audio element. “I think their organization does a great job evaluating players from Coach Arians on down,” Murphy told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday morning. “He’s one of those guys that should be in the NFL. Bottom line, he’s a tough, athletic, versatile kid, he’s highly motivated, he’s really smart, he’s a driven kid, and you put it all together.”Toner caught the Cardinals’ attention with his performance at the Senior Bowl, and because of his athleticism, could be shifted throughout the entire offensive line.“I see him right now probably as a right tackle, realizing there’s guys that are longer, but he is 6-foot-6, he is athletic, he’s played that position more than any other,” Murphy explained. “But, he’s smart enough, athletic enough to play center or guard, which obviously increases his marketability.”Toner’s main competition at right tackle will be former Cardinals first-round draft pick D.J. Humphries. Humphries enters next season pegged as the starter after being inactive for all 18 Cardinals games last year. The right tackle spot opened up when 2015 starter Bobby Massie signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Bears earlier in the offseason. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo While the Harvard coach sees Toner as a right tackle, that doesn’t necessarily mean Murphy doesn’t envision him playing different positions.“He’s one of those kids that if you tell him ‘you need to be 325 pounds and play inside and get stronger’, he can do that,” Murphy added. “He’s the guy if he needs to snap the ball and play center, he can do that. But, I do believe at the end of the day, he’s athletic enough, long enough and driven enough to play tackle.”Not only does Toner continue Keim’s trend of drafting non-Power Five conference players, but also continues the over growth of Ivy League players in the NFL. Murphy says the notion of professional players only residing in bigger schools is slowly beginning to change.“We’ve had 30-plus kids sign NFL contracts since the turn of the century, since 2001,” Murphy said. “We had six guys last year who actually started games for NFL teams, including Ryan Fitzpatrick with the Jets, Desmond Bryant with the Browns, Kyle Juszczyk with the Ravens, Tyler Ott with the Giants, Cameron Brate with the Buccaneers and none of those guys were really highly regarded or drafted high. They’ve really surprised people on how well they’ve been able to acclimate to the NFL.”last_img read more


first_imgSource: Charge Forward The shared electric bicycle and scooter market is still undergoing explosive growth. With tens of millions of rides across just a few large industry players, there is every incentive for companies to grow their electric scooter and bicycle sharing operations quickly.Uber-owned Jump has managed to secure its own fair share of the booming market. In fact, Jump is beginning to score more electric bicycle riders than Uber’s own ridesharing cars. more…The post Uber’s electric bicycles are starting to get more riders than their cars appeared first on Electrek.last_img read more


first_imgImage Credit: Photographee.eu / Shutterstock Feeling dizzy or light headed when getting up from a sitting or lying down position is due to a sudden fall in the blood pressure. This is known as orthostatic hypotension or postural hypotension. This mainly occurs when the blood pools in the lower extremities and the brain is temporarily deprived of oxygenated blood causing the light headedness. Common symptoms of orthostatic hypotension are feeling weak, confused, faint and mild nausea.For this study the team of researchers recruited 11,709 people in the USA from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study and found that they had a greater risk of getting dementia or stroke. The dizziness itself is not a symptom of any disease however. The study conducted by the American Academy of Neurology followed participants for an average of 25 years and the average age of the participants was around 54 years. None of these participants had an earlier history of a heart disease or stroke at the initiation of the study.Andreea Rawlings, lead author of the study of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, explained that orthostatic hypotension has been associated with heart disease earlier. This study explored the connection such type of hypotension has with brain disorders like stroke and dementia. She said this association could mean that patients developing orthostatic hypotension could be monitored closely for development of dementia and stroke in future. She added that more studies are needed to confirm the theory and also investigate preventive strategies.Related StoriesA program of therapy and coping strategies works long-term for family dementia carersMetformin use linked to lower risk of dementia in African Americans with type 2 diabetesLiving a healthy lifestyle may help offset genetic risk of dementiaResults from the study showed that among the 11,709 participants, 1,068 (9.1 percent) went on to develop dementia and 842 (7.1 percent) went on to have an ischemic stroke. Ischemic stroke occurs when the blood flow to particular part of the brain gets blocked depriving the region of oxygen. Among the 552 participants who had orthostatic hypotension at the start of the study 12.5 percent developed dementia and 15.2 percent developed ischemic stroke during follow up. Among the 10,527 participants who did not have orthostatic hypotension at the start of the study 6.8 percent had an ischemic stroke and 9 percent had dementia during the follow up.Co-author Rebecca Gottesman, from Johns Hopkins explained that midlife orthostatic hypotention was never under the scanner before. Older people with orthostatic hypotension were focussed upon in connection with stroke, dementia and heart disease.Dementia UK’s chief executive and chief admiral nurse, Dr Hilda Hayo appreciated the study saying that it brings to notice that orthostatic hypotension can now be known as a potential risk factor for dementia in some individuals. Dr Shamim Quadir, research communications manager at the Stroke Association however said that orthostatic hypotension was only measured at the initiation of the study and this could be limitation of the study. Those developing orthostatic hypotension well into the study could also have been among those at high risk for dementia and stroke. He said more research would provide a deeper insight into this theory. He advised general population to get their blood pressure checked routinely.This study was funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the NIH, and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.Source: http://n.neurology.org/content/early/2018/07/25/WNL.0000000000006027 By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJul 25 2018A new study has found that people who feel dizzy when they stand up from lying down or sitting positions, are more at risk of developing dementia or stroke. The study was published in the latest issue of the journal Neurology.last_img read more