The Daily Editors' Blog
With an eye on offering some excellent possible gift recommendations this holiday season, I'd like to make some book recommendations for everyone in your life. The catch is, of course, that all discuss or celebrate the life of seniors.
Liability costs are expected to rise 6% in 2017 for skilled nursing operators, according to a new report. But there's a more disturbing stat than that to be reckoned with.
individuals who get involved, and stayed involved, with civic and social groups such as neighborhood watch or volunteer organizations score higher on cognitive tests once they reached middle age. Even more telling, these cognitive scores increase for each extra group an individual participates in. There's a lesson here for everyone — especially working professionals. This isn't just kid stuff by any means.
There is nothing nice to be said about nursing home fires. Yet nobody seems to be demanding an obvious way to ensure that fewer take place: ban smoking.
The Real Nurse Jackie
There is one thing that makes us unique, able to rise upon the rift between the right and left and remind us daily what we have to be grateful for. I can put it into one word.
Sometimes we get so bogged down in what we are doing that we forget why we were doing it in the first place. Unfortunately, my favorite TV show doesn't seem to realize this. Don't do the same.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a brief to the federal D.C. District Court related to the American Hospital Association's case against the agency over the backlog of Medicare appeals.
Nursing home operators call it low occupancy. Medicare insiders call it a declining census. Economists call it excess capacity.
Things I Think
While we've been focused on trivialities like HHS and CMS appointments, declining U.S. dementia rates and electing an orange President, rabid squirrels are terrorizing long-term care communities nationwide.
Nope, I won't do it. I just won't. This is a column about long-term care and the important issues facing our profession. I absolutely refuse to get drawn into a heated discussion about the elephant in the room — not its tail or its Trump, I mean trunk. Gosh darn it, this is already impossible.
The World According to Dr. El
Over the past year, I've been involved with several exciting long-term care-related projects that I can now tell you about. In the spirit of the season, I wanted to spread some good cheer with them, and also offer a gift.
The 2016 presidential election has revealed a deep rift in our country, and quite possibly in our long-term care facilities as well.