The Daily Editors' Blog
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.
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 a significant facet of the coming "silver tsunami" that most providers might be overlooking, according to a recently published report.
How often do you, as an administrator, CEO or manager, ask for feedback of colleagues? What I'm talking about is a casual conversation related to improving quality and strengthening company culture, especially with employees lower on the totem pole.
The Real Nurse Jackie
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.")
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.