Blogs

Fear or forgetfulness?

April 14, 2014     Kathleen Mears

As we age, some absentmindedness is acceptable. But in long-term care, can negativity and impatience cause enough stress to trigger brain “blips”?

Out of the blue, I fainted

April 7, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Professional caregivers must try to prepare for the unexpected in their daily work, says our resident blogger.

Medical directors: Key to quality care

April 2, 2014     Alan C. Horowitz, RN, JD

A nursing home's medical director bears the greatest ultimate responsibility for ensuring that residents receive quality care. Find out what is required of facilities when it comes to this position.

Residents, nurses and too little time

March 31, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Documentation and other paperwork are part of a nurse’s daily routine. It takes a toll on the personal quality of resident/nurse relationships, however.

My conversation with Seth Rogen

March 26, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

A funny man is tackling an unfunny disease. Seth Rogen's Senate committee testimony and charitable efforts—and their after-effects—are helping to bring attention to Alzheimer's and the need for more research funding.

Depression vs. appetite

March 24, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Not eating can pose a serious threat to a resident’s health. What happens when a resident’s “right” becomes dangerous to his or her health?

Helping residents get 'Happy' and healthy

March 22, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

An assisted living program director finds a fun activity for residents that spreads a positive message about seniors and the facility, helps residents get a little exercise—and has another, unanticipated effect.

Consorting with greatness

March 20, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Editor-in-Chief Pamela Tabar reflects on LTL’s trip to Manhattan: The coveted Jesse H. Neal Awards banquet didn’t result in a final trophy, but it was a golden milestone in all other ways.

Making direct care more appealing

March 18, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Addressing reasons for staff turnover could help ensure quality and cost control in your facility while improving the lives of your employees. One initiative offers some solutions. What would you add?

What’s in a name?

March 17, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

What if a ton of long-term care death certificates are attributed to the wrong cause? One study says it may be true.

Carry-in menu mix-ups

March 17, 2014     Kathleen Mears

When a number of residents order takeout food, mistakes are bound to happen.

'Active shooter' events: Balancing resident, staff safety

March 13, 2014     James Minninger and Steve Wilder

The mission statement and core values of your facility probably contain wording and ideology related to compassionate resident care. The active shooter policy for your facility also should consider that care, and it must consider the safety of employees, too. Part 2 in our series.

Waiting for spring

March 10, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Across the country, this has been a hard winter. In north central Ohio, where Long-Term Living’s resident blogger Kathleen Mears lives, the weather has taken its toll on residents. Read how one facility coped with cabin fever.

Long-term care loses a friend, role model

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

David A. Green, pioneer in the household/neighborhood model of skilled nursing care and a longtime champion of quality senior living environments, died March 3.

Long-term care policy lapses

March 3, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Seniors and their families must take steps to ensure that plans they make to pay for care as they age do not get derailed unnecessarily.

The weight of first impressions

February 27, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

More seniors are skipping the quickie day-tour and researching possible CCRCs through longer-stay visits. What kind of impression would your facility make if the "guest tour" lasted for four days and nights?

The youngest boomers

February 26, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The U.S. Census Bureau defines those born between 1946 and 1964 as the Baby Boom generation, but that doesn’t mean everyone in the group is the same. Making assumptions about them could hurt you personally and professionally.

Wi-Fi woes

February 24, 2014     Kathleen Mears

As residents become more tech-savvy, facilities need to keep up with the demand for Internet or Wi-Fi connection.

Challenging surveys

February 18, 2014     Alan C. Horowitz, RN, JD

Deficiencies and enforcement actions don't always have to be accepted without a challenge. Long-Term Living's legal expert, Alan Horowitz, explains the steps to appealing state survey deficiency reports.

Turning a bad day around

February 17, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Sometimes it just takes a friendly little push to help someone make a positive decision that improves his or her day.

 

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