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Guess who's asking whether to discontinue skilled care?

Guess who's asking whether to discontinue skilled care?

The audience member had a question that in previous years would have been found at the corner of Blasphemy and Crazytalk. She wanted to know whether it would be advisable to drop skilled care from her nonprofit organization's portfolio. Not too long ago, that might have been like Toyota asking if it should make cars without seats.

Managing time for staff to reflect after a resident's death

Managing time for staff to reflect after a resident's death

Singing "Amazing Grace" or playing a ukelele version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" may not immediately spring to mind as ways to help staff members grieve after a resident has died, but they were among the musical tributes healthcare professionals shared during a LeadingAge session Wednesday.

Glen Campbell Alzheimer's documentary brings out the stars — caregivers and celebrities alike

As readers of this blog may recall, my expectations for the special screening of the new documentary about music superstar Glen Campbell's journey with Alzheimer's disease were high. Sunday night's star-studded showing and concert were to be unlike anything long-term care professionals had experienced before. And they were.

Subliminal messages: A basic part of nursing home care?

Subliminal messages: A basic part of nursing home care?

"Will your app deliver subliminal messages to my residents?" I did not hear that question yesterday while I wandered the expo hall at the annual LeadingAge conference. But perhaps I will next year.

The Real Nurse Jackie

The Walking (Half-) Dead

The Walking (Half-) Dead

OK, I'll admit it. I am a huge fan of the AMC show, "The Walking Dead," which incidentally had a blockbuster Season 5 premier Sunday. It's really bizarre because I am a big weenie when it comes to scary movies. I can't even watch the previews for a horror movie on TV without hiding under a blanket.

A nurse invented that! (But most likely didn't get credit for it)

A nurse invented that! (But most likely didn't get credit for it)

Nurses have invented some really cool stuff. But most likely they've received just pats on the heads for coming up with a "work-around" or a "creative solution." Then someone else slaps a patent on it and becomes the financial victor.

Guest blogs

Breaking down Ebola concerns

Breaking down Ebola concerns

Ebola continues to be a major public health concern throughout the United States. Skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, long term acute care hospitals, home health agencies, hospices, clinics, and rehabilitation based facilities should develop an understanding of its legal obligations as healthcare providers and employers.

Fiscal Year 2015: Can you handle it?

Fiscal Year 2015: Can you handle it?

It's that time of the year again! Do the shorter days have you thinking of colorful leaves, a harvest moon, ghouls and goblins on All Hallows' Eve? Or were you a SNF provider waiting for the final rule to go into effect on October 1? I think you will agree the changes this fall represent more "treats" than "tricks."

Things I Think

Inconvenient tears

Inconvenient tears

How dare you, Patrick! And just when my day was going so well.

Of mice and men — and beer

Of mice and men — and beer

Over a beer one day, tipsy researchers decided to study ... beer. Now, before you install a keg in every nurses' station in every memory care unit, you should know that they didn't exactly determine it was a cure-all for cognitive decline. But they did conclude that the study itself was a darn good idea, and one they intend to repeat every Friday afternoon indefinitely. Just to confirm their results, you understand. For the good of science.

Rehab Realities

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

You might be thinking this is going to be about the intriguing restaurant chain The Melting Pot. While I do love fondue (especially the cheese and chocolate varieties), I want to look at something crucial to our profession, and not just our palates.

Entitlement or over utilization?

Entitlement or over utilization?

Many of our therapy patients are medically complex and we, unfortunately, are not able to predict the future, as it sometimes seems that regulators want us to do.

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