The Daily Editors' Blog

It's not just charity that should begin at home

It's not just charity that should begin at home

Long-term care operators tend to be a nervous lot. Rightfully so.

Re-evaluating CT for dementia residents

Re-evaluating CT for dementia residents

For all of our interest in cognitive training for dementia patients, we are nagged by knowing that studies on the topic have varied in quality and reliability.

Bad-mouthing the cost of long-term care

Bad-mouthing the cost of long-term care

Finally. That's was my silent reaction when I received the email from a top long-term care provider last week. What took so long? I still wonder.

There's another tsunami coming you probably haven't thought about

There's another tsunami coming you probably haven't thought about

There's a significant facet of the coming "silver tsunami" that most providers might be overlooking, according to a recently published report.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Learning by doing

Learning by doing

OK, so here is something I totally don't understand. It has to do with how a lot of nursing staff think about new hires. (Probably Chapter 2 in my imaginary book, "Eating their young / a nurse's guide to orienting and mentoring.")

Fear of intimacy

Fear of intimacy

Intimacy ... I'm not writing about where one partner is hounding the other about fear of opening up and getting close. What do they say — "It's me, not you"? What I am writing about is fear of getting close to our residents.

Guest blogs

Factoring in social risk to your value-based strategy

Factoring in social risk to your value-based strategy

Providers that were hoping to see adjustments to value-based purchasing programs based on the social risk factors of the patients they serve may likely have to wait until larger revisions to healthcare reform are settled.

Understanding and responding to PTSD

Understanding and responding to PTSD

I was recently asked to evaluate a skilled nursing resident who, in his short time at the facility, was presenting a confusing picture to staff.

Things I Think

Non-virtual anti-reality, please

Non-virtual anti-reality, please

I won't be taking up virtual reality advocacy anytime soon, but it has nothing to do with vertigo or motion sickness. I'm simply not actively seeking additional reality in my life.

Love is love

Love is love

I don't need hair. That's my big takeaway from spending a morning with wise and wonderful Fernald recently. It's not what I wear, or having a scalp as arid and vegetation-free as Death Valley. It's being kind and having love in my heart that counts. That's what he said, emphatically, while jabbing his finger my direction, so who am I to argue?

The World According to Dr. El

Correcting long-term care's image problem

Correcting long-term care's image problem

Long-term care has an image problem. For a variety of reasons, we aren't associated with good times. There are things we can do to turn this around, though, starting with the perceptions of our residents.

10 ways to incorporate mood-boosting exercise into LTC

10 ways to incorporate mood-boosting exercise into LTC

Cold weather. An uncertain world. Rogue shrinks making the rest of us caring, diligent professionals look bad. I don't know about you, but I need a mood lifter.