Achy afternoons

October 5, 2015     Kathleen Mears

As we age, our bodies send signals that it wants to rest and regroup. For some residents, however, comfort involves more than putting one’s feet up or taking a nap.

A genetic cause

September 28, 2015     Kathleen Mears

In addition to her paralysis, resident blogger Kathleen Mears has other medical issues to deal with. She shares her story about battling breast cancer.

Resident smoking policies

September 25, 2015     Alan C. Horowitz, JD, RN

Where there's smoke.... If you allow your residents to light up, don’t get burned by your safety policies. Long-Term Living's legal expert Alan C. Horowitz explains CMS rules on resident smoking and shares strategies for safe smoking policies.

A malfunctioning power chair and the loss of independence

September 21, 2015     Kathleen Mears

A power chair represents freedom to someone with a disability. But if the mechanism fails, losing that mobility can be frustrating.

Aide training days

September 14, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Nothing beats on-the-job experience. A resident, especially one with physical challenges, can teach a new CNA valuable lessons in providing care.

Kudos to caregivers

September 4, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Monday, September 7, is the annual celebration of America’s working citizens. This country was built by hard-working individuals who put their backs into their jobs.

Getting AFOs repaired

September 4, 2015     Kathleen Mears

When ankle braces wear out or degrade, getting them back into shape takes more than a simple trip to the local shoemaker. Maintenance and adjustments take time and the services of a good orthotist.

Food as an activity

August 31, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Everyone likes to snack occasionally, but when residents eat because of boredom it can become hazardous to their health.

The anatomy of a team

August 27, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

What does “cross-discipline team care” really mean? The 2015 OPTIMA Award winning site has created a model for reducing hospitalizations by involving every staffer—from physicians and nurses to the housekeeping staff—in the endeavor of quality care for an extremely high-acuity resident population.

Power chair challenges: Part 2

August 24, 2015     Kathleen Mears

In Part 1, resident blogger Kathleen Mears shared her frustration when a motorized wheelchair did not accommodate her needs or became inoperable. In this installment, she shares more impacts when her assistive device doesn't work as it should.

The buzz on granny drones

August 20, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Technology has contributed to improved healthcare, communication and convenience, but is it going too far in devaluing the human experience? Granny may be seeing drones on the horizon.

Power chair challenges: Part 1

August 17, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Battery-operated wheelchairs can improve a resident’s quality of life. But what happens when it goes on the fritz?

Gearing up for OSHA lifting policy changes

August 14, 2015     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is about to get tougher on injuries casued by lifting- and transferring-related activities. Here's how to rework your lifting protocols and educate your staff.

Let’s talk about dying

August 13, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

The biggest fact of life is that everyone dies. As the clock takes its final ticks—whether it’s counting down the life of a loved one or yourself—do family and friends know how to honor your wishes?

Jack's quest for ice

August 10, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Sometimes residents have simple needs such as a refilling a pitcher of ice. Is ice that precious a commodity that it has to be locked up? Or is it a safety issue to avoiding accidental spills and contamination?

Assisted living owner turns off the air conditioning

July 31, 2015     Kathleen Mears

An assisted living owner looking to sell the building puts the heat on residents to vacate the premises by turning off their air conditioning.

Happy birthday, Medicare & Medicaid

July 30, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Happy birthday, Medicare and Medicaid—and can we say, you don’t look a day over 50. But, the healthcare world sure is different now, compared to when you were born.

Working at moving out: Part 3

July 27, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Mindy and CG, who live the same SNF as Long-Term Living’s resident blogger Kathleen Mears, continue to take steps to transition as a couple into the community at large.

Side-tracked by side rails

July 21, 2015     Alan C. Horowitz, RN, JD

Side rails may sound like a great safety tool, but unless the use of side rails is properly assessed and documented, their usage can pose great risks to residents and the facility.

On the road to burnout

July 20, 2015     Kathleen Mears

It happens in most professions, but the tensions that lead burnout in long-term care are magnified by the pressures—and responsibilities—of caring for people.

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