The Daily Editors' Blog
Well you just knew things were about to start getting nasty for Florida nursing homes. That's what generally happens when more than a dozen residents die for reasons that are hard to believe.
Speaking at the same Mandalay Bay complex in Las Vegas from which a "madman" committed the deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history just two weeks earlier, American Health Care Association CEO Mark Parkinon delivered a bold, unscripted edict.
My main takeaway from a key speech Monday is likely something that hit home for others in the audience as well: we should focus less on what we should be doing, and more on what we shouldn't.
It's rare for smart leaders in any industry to not be familiar with Jim Collins, especially his signature work, "Good to Great."
The Real Nurse Jackie
Almost nothing burns my cookies more than when someone says, "I've always done it this way," despite having poor outcomes.
Sometimes you have to invest your time and work for what is worth achieving. Not everything, even in this day and age of instant gratification is going to come easily. And this includes many of the new skills we are going to have to learn to evolve with the changes in healthcare.
We can learn a lot by examining Massachusetts, a state that has embraced healthcare reform and currently working to transform its Medicaid program.
If staff members are not aware of the proper guidelines on what information can and cannot be shared, there could easily be a breach of that resident's privacy.
Things I Think
I've seen movies about what happens when humans fight robots, and I won't be taking one for the team.
When it comes to flu shots, let's just figure out a way to make the whole thing more convenient for those who choose or are coerced to undergo this crucial or useless procedure.
The World According to Dr. El
Residents arrive at our doors, with sleep likely harmed by illness and pain, and changes in circadian rhythms. While we can't alter some of these factors, as care providers we can become more attuned to the importance of sleep for our residents and train our teams to create environments that are more conducive to slumber.
Both of my mothers-in-law live in long-term care communities in Florida. One lives in a place that was excellent about how they communicated with family members before, during and after Hurricane Irma. The other's facility handled that aspect of care poorly.