Blogs

Sudden weight loss may be a precursor to frailty

May 18, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Frailty is not an inevitable consequence of aging. For some older Americans, however, weight loss can contribute to dependence on mobility devices and more assistance with ADLs.

Decorations highlight holidays

May 18, 2015     Kathleen Mears

It might be a small gesture, but residents appreciate the time that staff--especially Activities staff--take to brighten the environment with colorful reminders of seasons, celebrations and people enjoying facilty events.

Intergenerational program is 'a perfect match'

May 13, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

A continuing care retirement community receives national exposure for a program that uses technology to help older adults in the United States feel valued and assists students in Brazil with improving their English language skills.

Enjoy warm temperatures with an eye toward safety

May 12, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Be “heatbusters” for your residents, visitors and staff by taking a few precautions and keeping a watchful eye for signs of heat-related health effects.

Online health records

May 11, 2015     Kathleen Mears

The jury is out on the usefulness of online patient history sites, at least for Long-Term Living’s resident blogger. For some, keeping good notes after a doctor visit is more accurate and accessible.

End-of-life care and resident choice

May 5, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

It’s not difficult to meld resident choices into wellness initiatives. But how does our long-term care system handle resident choice when it comes to chronic-level and end-of life care? Not so well, national experts say.

Relocating a treasure

May 4, 2015     Kathleen Mears

How many of us put heirlooms away for safekeeping? If they can’t be passed down, Kathy Mears has the right philosophy on realizing their value.

5 steps to a total security solution

April 28, 2015     James Minninger and Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

A completely secure long-term care environment only can be accomplished with thoughtful planning and performance. Take five steps to keep residents, staff, visitors and property safe.

Is it time for an attitude adjustment?

April 27, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Speakers at the White House Conference on Aging’s regional event April 27 in Cleveland said the time has come for members of our society to change the way they think about the aging process and older adults. Do you agree?

Moments with Marie

April 27, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Staff personalities and attitudes can make or break a resident’s day. Sincere friendliness can help a resident have a better day.

If Walker becomes president?

April 23, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Do the actions of a state governor foreshadow the approach he would take and the policies he would advocate if elected to this country’s highest office? If so, then those in long-term care may want to pay attention to what’s going on in the Badger State.

Nursing home negligence?

April 20, 2015     Alan C. Horowitz, RN, JD

Negligence has specific legal definitions—and personal injury lawyers love to muddy them. Long-Term Living legal blogger Alan C. Horowitz, RN, JD, explains what nursing homes can do to protect themselves.

Craving french fries

April 20, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Since mealtimes are so important to residents, a successful dining program should consider preferences and be sure to have enough of the most popular food items on hand.

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.

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