The Daily Editors' Blog
For many, traveling is as synonymous with Thanksgiving as turkey, frantic shopping and green bean casserole are. But for one Kentucky nursing home resident, this year's family gathering was far from ordinary. It was a first-ever.
When it comes to educating their offspring, the richest and most powerful people in Washington have a virtual cornucopia of top-shelf choices. But for sheer cache, Sidwell Friends School stands alone.
There's a wisecrack about getting someone's name right that ends with, "Call me whatever you want, but just don't call me late for dinner." Were it only such a light matter for some earnest seniors housing and care providers and their marketing people.
Study findings that are applicable to people's daily lives, like sleep and exercise, are good. Incorporating emotions or heart, as I've written about previously, works too. But the best way to grab the public's interest is through their stomachs.
The Real Nurse Jackie
With Thanksgiving just past, I realize how thankful I am that certain people and situations have helped me adjust my attitude at various times. I'm talking differently, and I definitely have changed my outlook on life this year. Let me explain.
One thing you can say about working in long-term care is that as long as the population keeps aging, we're pretty much guaranteed to be able to find a job. Yep, we can keep bringing home that bacon. Notice we don't say "bringing home the salad" for a reason.
Assuming the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services moves swiftly to use this broad authority to create PACE pilots, a new world of possibilities is opening for existing PACE providers and other entities interested in improving the delivery of care to high cost, high needs populations.
Today we know that lying is sometimes the quintessential kindness a caregiver can offer any patient who suffers from dementia and, in particular, someone with Alzheimer's.
Things I Think
"Well, gosh. Just my luck." I don't know for certain that's how the Pennsylvania nursing home housekeeper responded after being fired for using bad language at work. But regardless, it's nothing compared with what she probably said when the court ruled she wouldn't get unemployment compensation either.
"That TSA agent made my day." You don't hear that sentence very often. On any list of unlikely utterances, it's right up there with "Those Republicans and Democrats really work well together," or "I wish this stomach flu could last forever."
The World According to Dr. El
To get us in the spirit of gratitude for Thanksgiving, I've included a sample of grateful comments made by residents to their psychologists. The nice things they say can really make things better.
Despite the diversity of the events I attended during my brief visit to the LeadingAge convention in Boston last week, a theme clearly emerged. The thread that ran through the varied offerings was well-being