The Daily Editors' Blog

Can 575,000 people be wrong?

Can 575,000 people be wrong?

I found it stunning Tuesday when I read that more than a half million people had taken advantage of new Medicare coverage that pays for end-of-life discussions with their doctors.

Smartphones and hope for mental illness

Smartphones and hope for mental illness

Researchers at Dartmouth University are using smartphones in a new and interesting way. They've developed a plan for geriatric patients to better manage their mental illness.

Using the powers of Facebook for good, not evil

Using the powers of Facebook for good, not evil

As more people join social media and start voicing their opinions online, more long-term care consumers — like it or not — are likely to turn to social media ratings since government review sites often lack consumer perspective, authors of a new academic study assert.

Are you ready for some predictive scheduling?

Are you ready for some predictive scheduling?

What do workers in the long-term care, retail, hospitality and foodservice sectors have in common? Among other things, varied work schedules.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Life is like an apple

Life is like an apple

Have you ever contemplated on an apple? Not the tech stuff but the fruit.

Magical moments

Magical moments

I am not sure we can create magical days for everyone in our long-term care facilities (though I have seen downright miracles for some short-term rehab patients!). But I do think we can create magical moments by adopting some of the Disney customer experience culture to create magical moments.

Guest blogs

Understanding and dealing with negativity in the workplace

Understanding and dealing with negativity in the workplace

Negativity is one of the most common, and deeply ingrained, obstacles to a healthy work environment.

Is the Trump administration signaling no employment protection based on sexual orientation?

Is the Trump administration signaling no employment protection based on sexual orientation?

Would you be surprised to learn that a conflict exists within the Trump administration? I didn't think so.

Things I Think

The great eclipse

The great eclipse

We've seen many partial political eclipses over the years created by both parties, where selfish interests and ambitions seem to blind them to the possibility of solving actual challenges together.

The Hiker's Guide to the Long-term Care Galaxy

The Hiker's Guide to the Long-term Care Galaxy

Much of what I know about success (or failure) in life, love and long-term care has been reinforced by lessons learned over years of hiking. As a result, I now take it as a point of professional pride that regardless of the challenge facing our profession, I can always find an analogy to the trail.

The World According to Dr. El

Falls: A closer look

Falls: A closer look

Speedy assistance should be the norm when falls occur, but the reality is that it's frequently a rarity. The staff is often stretched too thin. What can be done, aside from ensuring adequate staffing, is to reduce residents' anxiety, frustration and impatience.

The image of LTC in the arts

The image of LTC in the arts

Playwrights continue to do long-term care no favors, so providers need to continue to share stories of the good work they're doing. It's the way to help create a more realistic picture of LTC and the value we bring to people's lives.