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Ready, set... Grow!

December 5, 2016     Pamela Tabar

Long-Term Living has exciting news to share! We've got big plans for 2017, and we want YOU to be part of the journey!

Shopping on behalf of residents

December 5, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears reflects on the challenge of not being able to run to the store spur of the moment—and the added difficulty of asking someone to shop for you. 

What residents with Alzheimer's really want for the holidays

December 2, 2016     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

How do you visit and converse with someone who doesn’t quite recall who you are? Here are 12 tips for encouraging healthy, happy holiday visits for those who have dementia.

Hope for Alzheimer's research

November 30, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Nicole Stempak is optimistic about drug treatments and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease despite Eli Lilly’s solanezumab Phase 3 clinical drug trial failure. 

Growing into gray

November 28, 2016    

Blogger Kathleen Mears has given herself freedom to stop coloring her hair and start loving her gray—even if it means showing her age. 

The ‘thankful for’ tree

November 21, 2016    

This holiday season, blogger Kathleen Mears is grateful for the opportunity she and her fellow residents had to give thanks and participate in the celebrations.

Something WAS bothering him

November 15, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Residents who cry out for help can be wearing on caregivers. But what if they really do need something?

Rising after the election

November 7, 2016     Kathleen Mears

It’s the presidential nominees’ jobs to rally us, but blogger Kathleen Mears reminds us that regardless of the winner, we must rally behind him or her to ensure a smooth transition of power and to sustain our democracy. 

The CMS final rule: Twist and shout, but we can work it out

November 4, 2016     Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN

The long-term/post-acute care industry knew some groundbreaking changes were coming in the final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Long-Term Living’s legal expert Alan C. Horowitz explains what all the fuss is about.

Laptop listening again

October 31, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Speech recognition software helps blogger Kathleen Mears connect to the world. Windows updates prevented her microphone from working, causing her to spend weeks troubleshooting for a solution. 

In the middle of ordinary things

October 24, 2016    

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears was getting ready for a day out until she got a somber reminder that we shouldn’t take our days, or our routines, for granted.  

Cause for alarm

October 17, 2016    

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears wonders about changing policy so the fire alarm isn’t a signal for residents and visitors to panic.

Undone by a cord

October 10, 2016    

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears relies on a call light in the bathroom, so when the cord was too long and ripped in half, she relied on some aides’ quick thinking until a more permanent fix could be made. 

Life Safety Codes start 11/1/16

October 9, 2016     Stan Szpytek

Is your organization ready for the new Life Safety Codes set to begin next month?

Is senior care going to pot?

October 7, 2016     Alan C. Horowitz, RN, Esq.

As more states pass laws legalizing medical marijuana, how will federal lawmakers react to the new climate?

Pneumonia and a dose of mortality

October 3, 2016    

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears caught pneumonia and caught herself taking stock of her life, too. 

The lost generations

September 30, 2016    

Honoring those who have served will soon take on a new meaning as a new generation of veterans enters the long-term care system. A new strategy is needed to care for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other war injuries who may also have dementia.

The care conundrum

September 26, 2016    

Resident blogger Kathy Mears watches how one resident’s changing health condition affects her family. That requires a lot of coordination for staff to communicate and keep everyone updated on an institutional level. 

The praying mantis

September 19, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears gets the creepy crawlies when her aides can't seem to kill her new insect roommate.

Should you allow employees to carry concealed weapons at work?

September 16, 2016     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

"My employees want to carry a concealed weapon to work." The decision to allow or prohibit "concealed carry" on your premises is a lot more complicated than you think, even if state law allows it.

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