The Daily Editors' Blog

Helping lawyers sue facilities? He's shocked, shocked you'd say that

Helping lawyers sue facilities? He's shocked, shocked you'd say that

Whatever you do, don't call Brian Lee a shill for trial lawyers. The former head of Florida's long-term-care ombudsman program is simply trying to improve nursing homes. That's his story and he's sticking to it.

Let your voice be heard

Let your voice be heard

A new study reaches important conclusions about how important it is to — literally — speak up for yourself. Not to do so is a mistake, something I can identify with.

CMS's confusing kick in the teeth

CMS's confusing kick in the teeth

One gets the feeling that federal regulators, no matter how proper the official talk went, took a bit of pleasure in sticking it to nursing home operators over rebasing their star ratings the past week and a half.

What if your residents stopped deteriorating?

What if your residents stopped deteriorating?

Conventional wisdom holds that the sweet spot for long-term care residents is around age 85, give or take. But what if that figure were to suddenly rise by several decades?

The Real Nurse Jackie

If we are supposed to follow our dreams, why can't I go back to bed?

If we are supposed to follow our dreams, why can't I go back to bed?

You ever have one of those days, weeks or even months when things just don't go your way? In other words, life is just lousy and no matter what you do, it still just stinks? This is what you need to do.

LTC Evangelism 101

LTC Evangelism 101

Do you ever try to attract "talent" to your work environment? Sometimes I'm surprised we recruit at all. I know most people fall in love once they get there, but the getting there is the key.

Guest blogs

Engaging LTC residents

Engaging LTC residents

Having an effective mobile strategy is becoming increasingly important for organizations to improve resident engagement. Mobile devices show promising effects on the way residents engage with each other and their families

Advocating for those who need us

Advocating for those who need us

Providing the best care for our therapy patients has evolved and expanded over the past year. Our roles as therapists have broadened to include advocating for patients as well as providing services for them.

Things I Think

LeavingAge

LeavingAge

I'm feeling extremely unsettled lately. On edge. Anxious. It's not the threat of rising sea levels, or the erosion of public confidence in the integrity of Nightly News anchors, or the possibility that my hard-earned Four Star Rating might suddenly become a three. It's something far scarier than all those things combined. Larry Minnix is retiring.

Half of what I say is meaningless

Half of what I say is meaningless

That headline will only make sense if you were either alive or conscious during the 1960s, or care about good music. It's a lyric from a Beatles song, written by John Lennon for his mother, Julia. And it just happens to describe how I feel right now, trying to write something meaningful about an entirely different Julia.

Rehab Realities

Paying it forward

Paying it forward

'Tis the season to be giving. My cousin shared with me recently that she had her coffee paid for twice in the past week when going through the drive-thru at a Starbucks. I feel that we could all pay it forward in non-monetary ways to our fellow co-workers and residents.

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.