Blogs

Sudden power outage

April 13, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Losing electricity is an inconvenience for most people, but for individuals with special needs or compromised health a power outage can be very stressful and potentially dangerous.

Thyroid drug interaction

April 6, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Medications have to be coordinated to achieve the best results for the individual. Kathleen Mears’ blog illustrates the importance of a periodic medication review.

Spring into safety

April 1, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Maintenance and housekeeping staff are the first line of defense in keeping residents and staff safe, healthy and secure in a long-term care environment.

Unwarranted discipline

March 30, 2015     Kathleen Mears

While order and efficiency need to be maintained, can a facility become too heavy-handed when a resident is delayed by other circumstances?

Tips and talk about aging eyes

March 25, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

People over 65 have seen a lot in their lifetimes. Maintaining eye health will ensure that they continue to enjoy the people, the places and the world that offers so much to see.

Inside an isolation order

March 23, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Suffering from a UTI is uncomfortable experience. Couple that with MRSA and the illness becomes a tactical challenge in infection control.

Seeking OPTIMA innovation

March 19, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Each year, Long-Term Living’s OPTIMA Award seeks out the brightest and best projects and programs that enhance resident quality of life and embody the true spirit of person-centered care.

5 tips for managing shingles pain

March 16, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Not all childhood memories are pleasant. Catching the chickenpox was a bummer, but you got over it. The angry red spots and itchiness went away, but chickenpox left a souvenir—the herpes zoster virus.

Spring cleaning amid new regs

March 16, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Long-term care organizations start shaking out the winter dust and strategizing amid a new CMS 5-star rating system and federal staff reporting mandates.

Relocated during cleaning

March 16, 2015     Kathleen Mears

While some residents balk at vacating their rooms for scheduled cleaning and maintenance, they are happy settling back down in a refreshed, relaxing environment.

The security vulnerability assessment

March 10, 2015     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

Your first step in creating a secure facility is to engage a healthcare security professional to take a hard look at your long-term care operation to offer recommendations and solutions to security issues.

When privacy matters

March 9, 2015     Kathleen Mears

There are times when a resident just needs to be alone. But can what goes on behind locked doors compromise safety?

Unappetizing blood draws

March 2, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Getting tasks or treatments completed on time can be challenging in a nursing home. But when it happens, staff should find a common-sense solution to make up for lost time without disrupting residents' activities.

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 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.

 

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