The Daily Editors' Blog

Book these choices: How to pick out a great gift

Book these choices: How to pick out a great gift

With an eye on offering some excellent possible gift recommendations this holiday season, I'd like to make some book recommendations for everyone in your life. The catch is, of course, that all discuss or celebrate the life of seniors.

This long-term care legal trend is liable to upset you

This long-term care legal trend is liable to upset you

Liability costs are expected to rise 6% in 2017 for skilled nursing operators, according to a new report. But there's a more disturbing stat than that to be reckoned with.

Find your group, and the health benefits will follow

Find your group, and the health benefits will follow

individuals who get involved, and stayed involved, with civic and social groups such as neighborhood watch or volunteer organizations score higher on cognitive tests once they reached middle age. Even more telling, these cognitive scores increase for each extra group an individual participates in. There's a lesson here for everyone — especially working professionals. This isn't just kid stuff by any means.

A sure-fire way to make nursing homes less dangerous

A sure-fire way to make nursing homes less dangerous

There is nothing nice to be said about nursing home fires. Yet nobody seems to be demanding an obvious way to ensure that fewer take place: ban smoking.

The Real Nurse Jackie

How to be thankful

How to be thankful

There is one thing that makes us unique, able to rise upon the rift between the right and left and remind us daily what we have to be grateful for. I can put it into one word.

Don't be like 'The Walking Dead'

Don't be like 'The Walking Dead'

Sometimes we get so bogged down in what we are doing that we forget why we were doing it in the first place. Unfortunately, my favorite TV show doesn't seem to realize this. Don't do the same.

Guest blogs

HHS: RACs not the primary source of the Medicare appeals backlog

HHS: RACs not the primary source of the Medicare appeals backlog

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a brief to the federal D.C. District Court related to the American Hospital Association's case against the agency over the backlog of Medicare appeals.

Three stars will be the new one star

Three stars will be the new one star

Nursing home operators call it low occupancy. Medicare insiders call it a declining census. Economists call it excess capacity.

Things I Think

Squirrels vs. LTC: The Final Battle

Squirrels vs. LTC: The Final Battle

While we've been focused on trivialities like HHS and CMS appointments, declining U.S. dementia rates and electing an orange President, rabid squirrels are terrorizing long-term care communities nationwide.

The elephant in the room

The elephant in the room

Nope, I won't do it. I just won't. This is a column about long-term care and the important issues facing our profession. I absolutely refuse to get drawn into a heated discussion about the elephant in the room — not its tail or its Trump, I mean trunk. Gosh darn it, this is already impossible.

The World According to Dr. El

New LTC resources from some of the best

New LTC resources from some of the best

Over the past year, I've been involved with several exciting long-term care-related projects that I can now tell you about. In the spirit of the season, I wanted to spread some good cheer with them, and also offer a gift.

6 steps to manage post-election reactions in LTC

6 steps to manage post-election reactions in LTC

The 2016 presidential election has revealed a deep rift in our country, and quite possibly in our long-term care facilities as well.