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One-on-one with... Randall Holley

February 11, 2016     Beth Thomas Hertz

Don't call me "honey": Avoiding elderspeak

February 9, 2016     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

When it comes to culture change, put your awareness where your mouth is. What you say—and how you say it—affects the dynamics of staff/resident relationships, especially in dementia care.

Change your tone, change their tune

February 3, 2016     Denise Boudreau-Scott

The way you deliver performance feedback affects how employees feel about their work. Research shows regularly praising good work improves employee engagement, retention and leads to even better work. 

ACOs thwarted by lack of interoperability

January 27, 2016     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Accountable Care Organizations have spent the past four years struggling to achieve the goals that set them apart. But ACOs still don't have the one thing needed for success: data interoperability.

Stewards of social work

January 26, 2016     Keith Rinier, BSW, MSW

Social work interns are assets to long-term care facilities. They can help bridge gaps and facilitate conversations among departments, residents and loved ones. They can help pick up slack and breathe new life into a team whose members are often overworked and understaffed. 

3-day waiver rule on the way out?

January 25, 2016     Robert Gatty

The 3-day hospital stay rule might be waving goodbye, but the American Health Care Association warns the new CMS proposal would put some nursing homes—and their residents—at a disadvantage.

HealthSouth's data revolution

January 19, 2016     David Raths

Few long-term care providers have embraced the data analytics revolution more than HealthSouth, the nation's largest rehabilitation hospital chain. Will its accomplishments serve as an example of what technology can do for long-term care providers in the bundled-payment world?

Antipsychotics, behavior and dementia: A psychiatrist’s view

January 12, 2016     Nishendu M. Vasavada, MD

Treating elderly residents—especially those with dementia—with antipsychotics requires a careful balance between medication and behavioral treatments.

Activities are more than time fillers

January 8, 2016     John Moreno, NHA

An Activities Department does more than organize bingo games. The department helps residents maintain cognitive function and gives them a sense of independence and dignity. That deserves every department's respect.

Employee benefits: The personal touch

January 7, 2016     Joe Torella and Douglas Siegel

Are economic pressures and changing rules under the Affordable Care Act forcing you to pare down your employee benefits offering? Incorporating voluntary benefits can keep employees happy by allowing them to add on customized benefits.

Data-driven decisions

December 28, 2015     David Raths

Technology tools to analyze outcomes and measure performance will take a front seat in 2016, as more acute care and long-term care providers turn to data analytics to maximize reimbursement and prove quality measures.

Staff training on fire safety

December 22, 2015     Stan Szpytek

There's more to fires than just putting them out. Fire protection systems need to be properly installed and maintained, and staff needs to be properly trained in emergency procedures.

The role of occupational therapists

December 22, 2015     Richard J. Dressel III, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational therapy can promote healing, independence and well-being for residents, but all too often treatments are misunderstood or missing. That prevents barriers to providing the best possible care for long-term care residents.

Congress to consider VA provider agreement legislation

December 18, 2015     Bob Gatty

Will veterans soon be able to obtain care from non-VA LTC facilities? Long-Term Living's Washington reporter Bob Gatty takes a look at the proposed care model.

One-on-one with... Doug Leidig

December 18, 2015     Sharon Schnall

The economy has been a challenge for some CCRCs in recent years, but what’s next for CCRCs? Asbury Communities President and CEO Doug Leidig discusses the opportunities and challenges for this market sector.

Obesity and nursing homes

December 16, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

As obesity rates among older demographics continue to increase, will skilled nursing facilities have the equipment, staff and knowledge to care for them? Maybe not, according to recent findings.

Falling for hip protectors

December 15, 2015     KenZee Vestal, RN, Director of Clinical Services

An assisted living/independent living chain implements a program to assess falls risk and bring the use of high-tech hip protectors into fashion on its campuses.

Proactive medication management

December 8, 2015     Mark D. Coggins, PharmD, CGP, FASCP

Having an LTC pharmacist on the care team can provide aggressive strategies against adverse drug events and reap the benefits of a specialized skills set in the tricky business of geriatric medication management.

CDC launches 2015-16 National Influenza Vaccination Week

December 6, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Get your flu shot yet? This season’s flu activity has had a slow start so far, but the CDC warns that peak flu season is yet to come, and the big risks are far from over for those age 65 and older.

Person-centered care and resident choice: Giving elders a voice

December 2, 2015     Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP and Margaret Calkins, PhD

Providers and clinicians often want to honor resident choice, but are afraid to do so. The key is finding the balance between providing quality care and keeping clients safe, and allowing choices that may involve risk but will enhance quality of life.

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