The Daily Editors' Blog

Dealing with that other f-word

Dealing with that other f-word

If there is one universal zero-tolerance policy at most facilities, it is this: Don't fail. Executives and others who don't meet prescribed goals tend to be quickly shown the door. It's almost as if failure is a disease that must be eradicated. This can be very wrong.

The need for semi-skilled workers in LTC

The need for semi-skilled workers in LTC

What do the meat and poultry industry and long-term care have in common, other than often dealing with turkeys? It turns out both have challenges in hiring semi-skilled workers, which is addressed in a bill proposed last week by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

The cheapest Alzheimer's aid, and regrettably overlooked

The cheapest Alzheimer's aid, and regrettably overlooked

What if it were announced that a new pill was available that could put off Alzheimer's disease onset or symptoms for more than four years? It turns out such a solution has existed for years.

Tales you might never expect from the frontlines of fraud

Tales you might never expect from the frontlines of fraud

The healthcare world currently ranks as the fourth most victimized industry when it comes to fraud, falling prey to roughly 6.6% of all fraud incidents. In the long-term care sector, experts recently shared, one area gets hit harder than others: resident trust funds.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Commanding respect from the disrespectful

Commanding respect from the disrespectful

I started my nursing career in a very busy teaching-hospital operating room. I loved the excitement, the anticipation of the surgeon's needs. But what I didn't love was the utter disrespect many of the surgeons had for the nursing staff.

A right of passage or a risk of passing?

A right of passage or a risk of passing?

When I die, I want to go like my grandmother, peacefully in her sleep ... not like the three passengers screaming in the back seat of her Buick! (OK, old joke). But what isn't a joke is elders with cognitive impairment and safe driving.

Guest blogs

SNF skilled length of stay: Where's my cookie?

SNF skilled length of stay: Where's my cookie?

How are a SNF Length of Stay and discharge measurements related to cookies? Grab a glass a milk and let's dive in.

SNF Medicare margins: What MedPAC doesn't know

SNF Medicare margins: What MedPAC doesn't know

The articulation of data is vitally important, and MedPAC is not the only entity interpreting, or misinterpreting, cost report and claim data.

Things I Think

Anonyholics Anonymous

Anonyholics Anonymous

It's about time someone is pushing back against all the vitriolic nonsense and baseless accusations people are willing to spew when they think no one will know who they are. Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill that would outlaw anonymous complaints against nursing homes. I, Gary Tetz, am tired of anonymity being used as a weapon.

Gum control

Gum control

I'm not surprised dementia is now being tied to gum disease. I have long believed the mouth offers a convenient and unflinching window to the soul, and that everything important about someone can be ascertained by a careful inspection of his or her teeth and oral cavity.

The World According to Dr. El

Dr. El tries on the Genworth aging suit

Dr. El tries on the Genworth aging suit

I had a chance the other day to see what it feels like to be 85 years old, thanks to a test drive of the Genworth R70i Aging Experience suit. Talk about being transported to another world. This is a pure empathy builder.

Help for hoarders, and those who care for them

Help for hoarders, and those who care for them

When it comes to dealing with residents who are hoarders, facilities are often caught between a rock and a hard place. Here's how to deal with it.