The Daily Editors' Blog

A good book's unintended lesson and tears for a great friend

A good book's unintended lesson and tears for a great friend

One of the best signs of a good book is its unplanned lessons. While its title might profess how to fix this or do better at that, a high-quality book also will lead the reader to enlightenment for reasons a PR agent might not promote. Such is my personal experience with Atul Gawande's "Being Mortal."

Maybe it's time for ADAPT to adapt

Maybe it's time for ADAPT to adapt

What kind of cruel, heartless person could openly criticize disabled people in wheelchairs? I guess that cruel, heartless person would have to be me.

Salary matters in long-term care

Salary matters in long-term care

The University of Pittsburgh's research involving certified nursing assistants and why they leave is among the most interesting I've seen recently in long-term care. Salary, it turns out, is not nearly as important as respect and flexibility in scheduling.

Who cleans up after the 'fix' is in?

Who cleans up after the 'fix' is in?

It will be interesting to see what happens when the guitars are put away and the strains of "Kumbaya" die down after last week's ballyhooed passage of a new Medicare doctor payment rule.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Leave the cape at home to become a caregiving hero

Leave the cape at home to become a caregiving hero

OK, let's face it. We all have an inner superhero in us or we wouldn't be in the business of serving. But sometimes we need to leave that cape at home.

Clean your own house

Clean your own house

It was recently announced that U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents allegedly had repeated "sex parties" with prostitutes at events sponsored by none other than drug cartels themselves. And these are the guys who say they can't trust US?

Guest blogs

Increasing beauty among the elderly

Increasing beauty among the elderly

Recently I spoke about beauty in the context of healing and spirituality in the elderly, and to share the "Discovering the Artist Within" program at The Reutlinger as a living example.

Is the failed therapy cap repeal for the best?

Is the failed therapy cap repeal for the best?

The recent battle over the SGR passage with the Cardin Amendment brought forth glaring differences in outpatient therapy providers and their priorities. While I, along with the entire therapy world, dream of the day that the arbitrary therapy caps are repealed, the SGR "doc fix" bill simply was not the right time.

Things I Think

Stars upon thars

Stars upon thars

It's notoriously difficult, not to mention foolish, to try to predict the future of long-term care in America. In all of our nation's recorded history, only one man can lay claim to true prescience on this topic. His name? Dr. Seuss.

Naked crowd-funding — the salvation of long-term care

Naked crowd-funding — the salvation of long-term care

Crowdfunding isn't the only way to raise money for a good cause, though it has recently netted one provider 60 televisions. Nudity is also an ever-attractive option.

The World According to Dr. El

Loneliness in LTC: Overcoming disability, creating connections

Loneliness in LTC: Overcoming disability, creating connections

Reducing loneliness among facility residents has numerous benefits — for residents and staff. So why aren't we doing better at it? Here's what you need to know.

Dialysis: Gauging its need, and how to reduce its stress

Dialysis: Gauging its need, and how to reduce its stress

As a psychologist observing the effects of medical interventions on the mental health of the long-term care resident, I often ask, "Is this aggressive procedure helping?" As it turns out, so are others.