Blogs

Sales versus marketing

November 24, 2014     Luke Fannon

As more communities feel the economic pressure to sell units and maintain census, the focus increasingly is on sales and marketing teams.

Residents' new wheels

November 24, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Independence is a great feeling, especially for those whose mobility is compromised by physical impairments, age, frailty or other healthcare issues. What better gift can be given than that of hope?

Check before inviting a resident on an outing

November 17, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Residents need to have a change of scene occasionally. Check to see that there is room to include another passenger. A few questions and a little legwork can avoid a resident letdown.

Personal resident alarms: More protection or more risk?

November 12, 2014     Alan C. Horowitz, RN, JD

More personal alarm-based safety devices for aren't always betterfor the residents or the organization. The wrong strategy can make bed and chair alarms a liability instead of a protection.

A day in Holly's world

November 10, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Residents can empathize with fellow residents' challenges even as they strive to cope with and overcome their own physical, emotional and/or behavioral challenges.

Socks for Seniors: A holiday campaign

November 6, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

The holidays are coming up quickly. Now is the time to start to think about gifts for residents or a resident project to help less fortunate older people in the community. For more than a decade, one organization has helped to keep seniors' feet warm and dry throughout the winter.

Weighing in on 'granny cams'

November 3, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Surveillance cameras don’t always provide the proof a resident’s family was expecting—sometimes it is worse. Kathleen Mears offers a resident's view on this monitoring technology.

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?

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