The Daily Editors' Blog

Telehealth in three steps

Telehealth in three steps

From Jewish Home Lifecare winning a McKnight's Excellence in Technology Award for their project with Panasonic, to attending a session at LeadingAge on telehealth mental services, to moderating a Care Innovations telehealth webinar this week, it's clear more long-term care providers are trying to decipher this enigmatic issue. The big questions from providers, however, tend to be around reimbursement and the equipment.

Making the case: It's been a wild year

Making the case: It's been a wild year

As the sands of the year race to their finish, there is one certainty about the long-term care news in 2014: It's been wild and trying.

Must-watch film shows 'simple' benefits of Green House care

Must-watch film shows 'simple' benefits of Green House care

A new long-term care documentary might eventually be called "the cattle prod" because it could be just the nudge needed to unify more communities to build a newer type of care home for the elderly.

RAC audit abuse answers vary

RAC audit abuse answers vary

It has been more than 2,400 years since Plato demanded to know who will watch the watchmen. The question is suddenly taking on a modern flavor, as nursing homes, hospitals, doctors and other providers line up to decry the practices of Recovery Audit Contractors.

The Real Nurse Jackie

With age comes wisdom ... and a sense of humor

With age comes wisdom ... and a sense of humor

Anyone who knows me well knows I idolize my dad. He's taught me so much that there is no way I could quantify it all. And even at age 90, he's still teaching a lot, I'm noticing.

Most creative excuses given not to work

Most creative excuses given not to work

Every year I like to ask: What do you feel is the most imaginative call-out you received this past year? We're totally into interactive blogging, so please note yours below. We had some doozies when I asked this before. Check out some I've heard recently.

Guest blogs

9 things NOT to expect in a nursing home

9 things NOT to expect in a nursing home

Family members need to know what to expect when their loved one enters a nursing home: Falls may happen, medications may change, and a private room may not be an option.

Tips on handling the flu with seniors

Tips on handling the flu with seniors

Using these methods, the flu can usually be contained and treated for the benefit of both the seniors and their caregivers.

Things I Think

Self-absorption training for seniors sorely needed

Self-absorption training for seniors sorely needed

Social media overlords have their sights set on enslaving the planet's seniors. They might be in for a surprise.

Microchips for nurses

Microchips for nurses

My dog has a microchip embedded between his shoulder blades, and it's really setting my mind at ease. So I think it might be time for every member of your nursing staff to get one, too.

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.