Blogs

OSHA's here! Know your rights

October 28, 2014     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

When OSHA surveyors come knocking, neither the organization nor its employees can be bullied. Compliance expert Steve Wilder explains everyone's rights during an inspection.

 

Vampire eyes

October 27, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Fads come and go. When younger employees wear extreme “fashions” on the job, however, it can be disturbing—if not frightening—to some residents.

Glen Campbell, filmmakers show strength in making Alzheimer’s documentary

October 24, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

A documentary, a foundation and training materials for caregivers are arising from one man's wish to share "the gnarly truth" about dementia, and the filmmakers and family members who took up the challenge.

I need to go to the bathroom!

October 20, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Preserving continence is important to a resident’s dignity and self-esteem. Unfortunately, some residents have to rely on others to assist them and the timing might not always be convenient.

Battling Ebola and other threats, wherever we are

October 15, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Ebola is in the news, but those working in long-term care face a bigger threat to their health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a wealth of information on both.

5 environmental tips to surviving allergy season in LTC

October 15, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

For many people, autumn is their favorite time of year. The air is crisp, the foliage is brilliant and warm days still pop up occasionally, drawing residents outdoors. It is also the season when pollens, molds and other allergens contaminate the air and trigger allergic reactions.

'Not a good drug to grow old with'

October 13, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Various conditions, including age, can affect how the body reacts to a psychotropic drug, such as Valium, as Kathleen Mears found out after decades of use.

Suitcase season: Packed for learning

October 13, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Keeping up with the industry means planes, trains and automobiles.

A charm offensive?

October 6, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living annual meeting got off to a great start thanks to the opening session keynote speaker, Gen. Colin Powell, whose talk seemed to appeal to attendees regardless of their political leanings.

I like it here. Why am I moving?

October 6, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Facility transfers can be traumatic for a resident, especially if he or she is not included in the process. It can be upsetting to have to acclimate to an entirely new environment full of strangers and leave familiarity behind.

OPTIMA Award: My trip to relearn memory care

October 1, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

My two-day trip to upstate Massachusetts to visit a community instrumental in the 2014 OPTIMA Award changed my view of memory care programs and their ability to improve the lives of residents with dementia.

Is this help or harassment?

September 29, 2014     Kathleen Mears

The following account illustrates the importance of screening before hiring. Bad employees can ruin a facility’s reputation and a resident’s quality of life. 

When the big screen dies

September 22, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Watching television programs on a big-screen TV gives residents an opportunity to share and socialize. But what happens when the set goes on the blink?

A new offering in LTC amenities: Electric charging stations

September 18, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

They never drove Model Ts, but today’s seniors did grow up on Mustangs, Corvettes and Camaros. Because of the boomers’ willingness to embrace new motoring experiences, hybrid automobiles have found a niche in the senior sector.

Personal expense allowance

September 15, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Living on a budget is hard for anyone. It takes discipline. Imagine if you had less than $100 a month to meet your needs, let alone your wants.

Post substitute menu selections

September 8, 2014     Kathleen Mears

“Choice.” It is the magic word of culture change. What happens when residents are not given enough choices, especially at mealtimes?

Dealing with heel pain

September 2, 2014     Kathleen Mears

If a resident tells you he or she is uncomfortable in a bed or chair, listen and see what can be done to remedy the situation. Long-Term Living blogger Kathleen Mears’ caregivers were on their toes and prevented a skin issue from becoming more serious.

When domestic violence comes to the workplace

August 26, 2014     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

Do your employees and administrators know what to do when someone's domestic violence problems follow them to work? Long-Term Living's safety expert explains what facilities can do to protect themselves and others.

The case of the missing jewelry

August 25, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Facility life can lead to accidental loss or damage to a resident’s personal belongings as Long-Term Living’s resident blogger Kathleen Mears recently discovered.

Designing tomorrow's senior environments

August 19, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

A roomful of experts in senior living environments, architecture and interior design, editors from Long-Term Living, Environments for Aging and Healthcare Design, and Vendome Group’s conference planners gathered in Baltimore with a daunting task: choosing the very best submitted educational sessions for the 2015 Environments for Aging Conference. If your site or chain is mulling over a new construction or renovation project, the conference could be your #1 learning opportunity.

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