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Butler County should take the addicts

Butler County should take the addicts

It's not a secret most county nursing homes are hemorrhaging money. That's why I was intrigued by a Butler County (OH) proposal to allow heroin addicts to stay short-term in the county-owned nursing home. I believe it's a good idea.

Too late: Change is here for long-term care

Too late: Change is here for long-term care

If someone were to complain that long-term care has become a "same old, same old" scene, you might be inclined to agree. Staffing, reimbursement, over-regulation — they're all ongoing challenges — well, OK, outright problems. And they're not the only ones. But things clearly are not the same.

Think you're having a weird day? Take a lesson from the pros

Think you're having a weird day? Take a lesson from the pros

There are plenty of developments that can force you to reconsider the way you do business. Whether it's merger/acquisition fallout, notable court rulings, additional regulatory guidance or legislation being introduced, new stuff is constantly hitting the proverbial fan.

Accepting what nurses cannot fix

Accepting what nurses cannot fix

Like perhaps many of you, I come from a long line of "fixers." Multiple people whose schedules are conflicting? We'll coordinate. Someone isn't able to find a job? We'll provide help on their resume and introduce them around. A friend needs a boyfriend? Let me show you my multi-step PowerPoint plan.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Just say NO — to giving in to patients

Just say NO — to giving in to patients

I'm just going to say it: Nurses in long-term care are really guilty when it comes to giving in to patients who want non-clinically necessary treatment. You know what I mean.

AAADD — Ack! Why you should arrange to be interrupted

AAADD — Ack! Why you should arrange to be interrupted

OK can I just sound off a bit? I hate being interrupted multiple times throughout the day when it is just not necessary. I mean, I am at an age where I am seriously affected with AAAD (Age Associated Attention Deficit Disorder). It's hard enough to concentrate some days as it is, without constant interruptions that could have waited.

Guest blogs

Do you really want to be 'average'?

Do you really want to be 'average'?

A provider client once said to me, "I don't understand all this 'statistical gobbledygook.' Tell me why I should care and how I can actually use this." It was a valid request.

'The Great Perhaps' in LTC

'The Great Perhaps' in LTC

In post-acute care, particularly the SNF future, it can be "Great" but there are so many "Perhaps" that the definition of what "Great" is going to be is unclear.

Things I Think

Onward and upward — what's motivating your job change?

Onward and upward — what's motivating your job change?

After stealthily observing long-term care professionals in the wild for the past 15 years or so, I've come to see you as a perplexing and elusive study in contrasts. Perhaps you haven't noticed me. I've been conducting my research from a camouflaged duck blind in the lobby.

Don't be so humble — it's Canada D'eh!

Don't be so humble — it's Canada D'eh!

Here's what I've decided. Canada is the long-term care employee of the world.

Rehab Realities

Dehydration: Therapy should help fight it

Dehydration: Therapy should help fight it

The elderly are very vulnerable to dehydration and more than just the nursing staff have to be concerned about it. Not keeping an eye on appropriate hydration can cause a variety of serious problems.

The perfect picnic takes planning — please

The perfect picnic takes planning — please

Happy Independence Day! This is such a pivotal period in everyone's summer plans, and what a great time for weddings, family reunions and/or the perfect simple picnic. That goes for our frail seniors, too. I know I become happy just thinking about how great it feels to experience the fresh air, sunshine and the smell of nature, and they do too — if things go well.

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