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In the middle of ordinary things

October 24, 2016    

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears was getting ready for a day out until she got a somber reminder that we shouldn’t take our days, or our routines, for granted.  

Cause for alarm

October 17, 2016    

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears wonders about changing policy so the fire alarm isn’t a signal for residents and visitors to panic.

Undone by a cord

October 10, 2016    

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears relies on a call light in the bathroom, so when the cord was too long and ripped in half, she relied on some aides’ quick thinking until a more permanent fix could be made. 

Life Safety Codes start 11/1/16

October 9, 2016     Stan Szpytek

Is your organization ready for the new Life Safety Codes set to begin next month?

Is senior care going to pot?

October 7, 2016     Alan C. Horowitz, RN, Esq.

As more states pass laws legalizing medical marijuana, how will federal lawmakers react to the new climate?

Pneumonia and a dose of mortality

October 3, 2016    

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears caught pneumonia and caught herself taking stock of her life, too. 

The lost generations

September 30, 2016    

Honoring those who have served will soon take on a new meaning as a new generation of veterans enters the long-term care system. A new strategy is needed to care for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other war injuries who may also have dementia.

The care conundrum

September 26, 2016    

Resident blogger Kathy Mears watches how one resident’s changing health condition affects her family. That requires a lot of coordination for staff to communicate and keep everyone updated on an institutional level. 

The praying mantis

September 19, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears gets the creepy crawlies when her aides can't seem to kill her new insect roommate.

Should you allow employees to carry concealed weapons at work?

September 16, 2016     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

"My employees want to carry a concealed weapon to work." The decision to allow or prohibit "concealed carry" on your premises is a lot more complicated than you think, even if state law allows it.

Dining dilemmas

September 13, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathy Mears doesn’t know how meal plans are made, but she knows that when she’s eating simply to eat and not for enjoyment, the food doesn’t taste as delicious. 

Wanted: A room of my own

September 2, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Blogger Kathleen Mears lives in a semi-private room but prefers to live alone. She’s been lucky to have a room to herself but knows it’s a matter of time when, not if, she’ll get a roommate. 

When voice recognition software doesn’t listen

August 29, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears uses voice recognition software to navigate the Internet. Her software isn’t working, so she’s been forced to use a workaround to navigate—and communicate. 

Lamenting a new cell phone

August 22, 2016     Kathleen Mears

When older technology gives up the ghost or is no longer supported, cell phone companies aren't always helpful when it comes to setting up a new cell phone.

Funding innovation

August 18, 2016     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

There's an exciting new grant fund available for those with the next great ideas for improving senior care.

A less than joyful ride

August 15, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears continues to have trouble with her new power chair. The experience is frustrating because beyond the hassle of her time, it has restricted her mobility and independence.

Burial plans gone awry

August 8, 2016     Kathleen Mears

How many of us have prepaid funerals? Do any of us wonder if our wishes will be honored? SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears discusses two New York Times articles that show what can happen with nursing home guardianships, funds sent to nursing homes and the resulting mix up.

Posterior Vitreous Detachment

August 1, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Keeping up with wellness appointments can be a challenge—but SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears shows why it’s important to communicate with the primary care providers and the facility when scheduling specialty appointments.

Medical marijuana: Hashing out the legal issues

July 29, 2016     Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN

Many states have legalized medical marijuana, but when it comes to Medicare participants, it’s federal law that matters.

A birthday celebration

July 28, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

North Carolina’s oldest living resident inspired Long-Term Living’s newest editor to go out and celebrate their shared birthday.