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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.

Dining dilemmas

September 13, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathy Mears doesn’t know how meal plans are made, but she knows that when she’s eating simply to eat and not for enjoyment, the food doesn’t taste as delicious. 

Wanted: A room of my own

September 2, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Blogger Kathleen Mears lives in a semi-private room but prefers to live alone. She’s been lucky to have a room to herself but knows it’s a matter of time when, not if, she’ll get a roommate. 

When voice recognition software doesn’t listen

August 29, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears uses voice recognition software to navigate the Internet. Her software isn’t working, so she’s been forced to use a workaround to navigate—and communicate. 

Lamenting a new cell phone

August 22, 2016     Kathleen Mears

When older technology gives up the ghost or is no longer supported, cell phone companies aren't always helpful when it comes to setting up a new cell phone.

Funding innovation

August 18, 2016     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

There's an exciting new grant fund available for those with the next great ideas for improving senior care.

A less than joyful ride

August 15, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears continues to have trouble with her new power chair. The experience is frustrating because beyond the hassle of her time, it has restricted her mobility and independence.

Burial plans gone awry

August 8, 2016     Kathleen Mears

How many of us have prepaid funerals? Do any of us wonder if our wishes will be honored? SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears discusses two New York Times articles that show what can happen with nursing home guardianships, funds sent to nursing homes and the resulting mix up.

Posterior Vitreous Detachment

August 1, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Keeping up with wellness appointments can be a challenge—but SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears shows why it’s important to communicate with the primary care providers and the facility when scheduling specialty appointments.

Medical marijuana: Hashing out the legal issues

July 29, 2016     Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN

Many states have legalized medical marijuana, but when it comes to Medicare participants, it’s federal law that matters.

A birthday celebration

July 28, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

North Carolina’s oldest living resident inspired Long-Term Living’s newest editor to go out and celebrate their shared birthday.

A garden grows

July 25, 2016    

When an employee cleared and planted some greenery, blogger Kathleen Mears and her fellow residents started to bloom—a good reminder that growth isn't only for the garden. 

OSHA penalties to increase Aug. 1

July 25, 2016     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

OSHA, which last adjusted its penalties in 1990, plans to adjust the fines for inflation each year from now on, as per Congressional rule.

Training, practice and technology pay off in real emergencies

July 21, 2016     Stan Szpytek

Two real-life incidents show the importance of preparedness and training, so if the worst happens, your staff is ready.

Ohio Medicaid Qualified Income Trust

July 18, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Setting up a Qualified Income Trust/Miller Trust to fulfill the Medicaid requirements can be tricky business, so Ohio's Medicaid recipients shouldn't wait to get started on the process, says SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears.

Giving thanks on July 4

July 11, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears reflects on how her Fourth of July celebrations have changed over the years—and how thankful she is for memories of both. 

Collision in my new power chair

July 5, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Getting used to piloting a new power chair was part of SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears' planned day out, but not the crash inside the salon.

OSHA launches anti-retaliation rules for injury and illness reporting

July 1, 2016     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has passed rules that forbid retaliation and discrimination for reporting injuries, including post-accident drug testing and "incentive" programs that retaliate against those who bring workplace safety violations to light.