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.

When ALS hits close to home

August 18, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Long-term care residents know the comfort that expressions of love and compassion can bring. When problems arise for family and friends, residents are eager to support others in their times of need.


Anyone for hummus?

August 11, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Appetites change, and dietary requirements might need adjustment, but meals always should be appetizing and healthful. A little creativity in the kitchen also is a plus.

Social media present challenges for healthcare employers, employees

August 8, 2014     Alan C. Horowitz, RN, JD

A clear social media policy can help employers and employees meet their legal obligations to one another as well as to residents. See where others have fallen short, and get tips for success in your organization.

Practice to protect

August 5, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Staff readiness to react to a natural disaster or dangerous situations is imperative in long-term care environments.

Great (CCRC) expectations

August 5, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Consumer demands and the promise of millions of incoming baby boomers have triggered expansions and new construction in senior living communities. But how many of them will go bankrupt before the boomers get there?

Night shift frolics

August 4, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Nighttime can be a very tedious shift to work. It is for the most part, quiet and dull. Breaking up the monotony can help keep aides alert.

Take employee safety concerns seriously

July 30, 2014     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

You cannot retaliate against an employee just because he or she exercised the right to demand a safe work environment and perhaps filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. But here's what you can do.

A surprise transport

July 28, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Not only distance but transportation arrangements can make a trip to the doctor’s office a logistical nightmare for a person with disabilities.

They're older and loving it

July 25, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Older adults in the news, surveys and research show that aging can be something to look forward to.

3 ways to improve the health of your referral relationships

July 24, 2014     Luke Fannon

You can learn a lot from those who love you, those who like you and those who hate you. Put that knowledge to work to improve your financial well-being.

Unanswered call lights

July 21, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Is it an emergency? Does the resident need assistance? Is it an equipment malfunction? These questions cannot be answered unless staff responds to call lights.

Doctor at a distance

July 14, 2014     Kathleen Mears

We are expected to be on time for medical appointments but usually end up sitting in the waiting room. Compound that wait with a long round-trip ride and that one appointment can take all day.


Disappearing washcloths

July 7, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Everyone knows that washing machines and dryers live on a diet of socks. Long-Term Living resident blogger Kathleen Mears notes that washcloths seem to be the meal of choice of facility laundry equipment.

3 keys to facility security

July 3, 2014     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

Three steps can help long-term care facility administrators ensure that security is an integral part of their overall management plans.

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