Aides

Put your gait belt where your mouth is

Put your gait belt where your mouth is

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A couple of weeks ago, I put my scrubs on, grabbed a gait belt and worked alongside daily caregivers. I was humbled.

Assisted living aide will spend year in prison after resident theft

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An assisted living aide said the looming threat of becoming homeless was what prompted her to steal a resident's wallet and checkbook before eventually being arrested for forging $10,000 in checks.

CDC issues new guidelines on pneumococcal vaccine, says LTC flu vaccination rates remain low

CDC issues new guidelines on pneumococcal vaccine, says LTC flu vaccination rates remain low

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Long-term care workers continued to have low rates of flu vaccination last season, despite there being 92% vaccination coverage overall among physicians and nurses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The agency also said seniors should receive two doses of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.

Ask the legal expert ... about responding to abuse allegations

Ask the legal expert ... about responding to abuse allegations

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A family has accused one of our aides of abuse. We investigated the accusation and determined it's not true, but the family keeps making accusations and wants her arrested. What can we do to protect our employee and ourselves?

Consistent assignment study shows need for careful culture change implementation, Eden Alternative leader says

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Consistently assigning nursing home aides to particular residents could cause the aides to feel isolated and overburdened, suggests a study forthcoming in the Western Journal of Nursing Research. However, a prominent voice in the nursing home culture change movement says the study simply shows that providers must adhere to best practices to see the benefits of consistent assignment.

Demand for CNAs and nursing aides to balloon by 2025, report finds

Demand for CNAs and nursing aides to balloon by 2025, report finds

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The number healthcare support professionals — a category that includes long-term care aides and assistants — is expected to grow faster than any other group of healthcare workers, a new report estimates.

Home-health workers losing ground on wages, benefits, even as their ranks increase

The wages and benefits for the direct-care workforce in long-term care "continue to be woefully inadequate," according to a new Fact Sheet analysis from home-health worker advocacy group PHI.