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 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.

A fire system check can be unnerving

July 13, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Fire alarms are one of the most important protections to residents and staff to ensure their safety. But the alarm system must be checked regularly tor a faulty fire alarm system could be fatal.

Dying with a voice

July 10, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed a milestone change within its latest Physician Fee Schedule--a new billing code for advanced care planning services. Will it encourage more docs to talk about end-of-life choices?

Seniors are big on bingo

July 6, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Don’t pooh-pooh this game that engages people of all ages from toddlers to older adults. Whether played for competition or the chance to win prizes, bingo remains somewhere on an activity director’s calendar.

A treatment ends

July 6, 2015     Kathleen Mears

After a five-year battle with breast cancer, Long-Term Living’s resident blogger Kathleen Mears hopes that her experience with a breast cancer medication will help other women survive.

Time to say goodbye

June 29, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Residents often form warm relationships with their direct caregivers. Employee turnover is not a surprise in the long-term care field, but even for the aide that is going back to school, changing jobs or beginning a family, it’s hard to say goodbye to the older resident who relied on them.

My inspirational item was a casualty

June 22, 2015     Kathleen Mears

It’s just good “housekeeping” to go purge one’s living area of unwanted, unused, broken, dated or unimportant possessions. Sometimes during downsizing, however, things can go awry.

Practicing emergency color codes

June 19, 2015    

Code Blue, Code Gray, Code Red, Code White... Do your clinical and administrative staff practice color-code emergencies?

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