Blogs

We have the flu beat

February 26, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Long-Term Living and I have been named 2014–2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Flu Vaccination Digital Ambassadors, a formal acknowledgement of the efforts we have made and are making to keep you informed of best practices and trends related to the flu.

Sprinkler systems save lives

February 25, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Two recent fires—one a tragedy, one a triumph—prove the wisdom of the the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services mandate to require sprinkler systems in skilled nursing facilities.

State is in the house

February 23, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Not only does a SNF survey cause long-term care staff concern, but residents witness the process firsthand to see how the care they receive is evaluated.

Don’t get caught in the OTC medication maze

February 17, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Supplements and “natural” products are flying off the shelves of America’s drug and health stores. Are they hype or health?

Why 'Still Alice' is a valentine to caregivers

February 16, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

You’ll nod in recognition during many scenes in “Still Alice.” The film helps elucidate Alzheimer’s disease for those unfamiliar with it, and it has the potential for longer-term benefits, too.

Working at moving out, Part 2

February 16, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Mindy and CG are planning carefully for reentering the community at large. Kathleen Mears updates readers on the couple's progress.

Accident investigations improve safety, Part 2

February 10, 2015     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

In part two, Wilder explains why an accident investigation must be thorough, unbiased and informative to be effective.

 

Working at moving out, Part 1

February 9, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Love can bloom in a nursing home and some resident couples can progress in becoming independent enough to reestablish able roots in the community. Part one of a two-part series.

Locked out of the med cart

February 2, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Not everything goes the way it should, which can be frustrating. Here’s how one nurse managed to finish her med pass.

Accident investigations improve safety, Part 1

January 27, 2015     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

Part one of a two-part series focuses on the benefits of conducting thorough accident investigations. The lessons learned help create safer workplaces.

An old-fashioned remedy would work

January 26, 2015     Kathleen Mears

For minor skin infections and irritations, some residents like to rely on simple remedies used when they were young rather than take more medication.

Pitch perfect: Submitting your story ideas to Long-Term Living

January 21, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Got a great article idea or business success story? Here are some tips on how to help us share your experiences and input with readers.

A good egg can keep a resident’s sunny side up

January 19, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Meals are the best part of the day for most residents, and breakfast is the most important meal. Cutting back on quality might be economical, but your residents can taste the difference.

What to expect from OSHA in 2015

January 16, 2015     Steve Wilder

Will the new Congress soften the agenda of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and be kinder, gentler and less aggressive?

Mourning the passing of the New Old Age blog

January 12, 2015     Kathleen Mears

It’s said that “all good things must come to an end,” as Long-Term Living’s resident blogger says goodbye to a trusted friend and a reliable source of information and experience.

Presenting prices to prospects

January 9, 2015     Luke Fannon

Should prices be posted on senior living pamphlets and websites? As tempting as it can be, senior marketing expert Luke Fannon says it isn't a smart strategy.

Charting with a jury in mind

January 5, 2015     Alan C. Horowitz, RN, JD

How well does your nursing staff know your facility's protocols on charting? Legal expert Alan C. Horowitz explains why poor documentation can be a risk to both resident care and liability.

Dealing with difficult situations

January 5, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Long-Term Living’s resident blogger Kathleen Mears updates us on her upsetting encounters with two insensitive night shift aides.

My most popular content on social media in 2014

December 30, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

I enjoy trying to help you be successful in your professional life. This review of analytics uncovers the issues of most importance to Long-Term Living’s and my friends and followers on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Put a lid on it

December 29, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Some simple advice on infection prevention can solve the age-old controversy between men and women on keeping the toilet seat up or down.

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