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The potential break-up between hospitals and long-term care

The potential break-up between hospitals and long-term care

The attempts of the hospital lobby and long-term care to move beyond casually dating to going steady hit a snag at the steps of a courthouse Monday.

A time for nursing homes to embrace the cheddar while they can

A time for nursing homes to embrace the cheddar while they can

It can almost be classified as a case of no good deed going unpunished. However, even though this is about long-term care, let's not be quite so skeptical. Progress is progress.

What Chipotle can teach long-term care

What Chipotle can teach long-term care

I love Chipotle. What makes the burrito purveyor so great? The real secret might be how it grooms and retains its managers — it's an approach long-term care leaders might do well to study.

Additional nursing home inspection rules are not the answer

Additional nursing home inspection rules are not the answer

Many skilled care operators struggle to keep up with a seemingly never-ending array of survey and certification regulations. If two lawmakers get their way, providers can look forward to a large heaping of additional rules.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Nurses Day — a picture of perseverance

Nurses Day — a picture of perseverance

As Nurses Day approaches, I've begun to wonder: How do you describe in one blog the "awesomeness" of a long-term care nurse? And then it hit me ... a single word. Perhaps no single word in the human language better describes the nurse in the long-term care continuum.

Spacely Sprockets and the future of medical care

Spacely Sprockets and the future of medical care

So does anyone remember the cartoon "The Jetsons"? You know, George and Jane, daughter Judy, son Elroy and, of course, the dog, Astro. It's kind of fun to see how their 1960s and 1980s syndicated views of the futureare turning out. (I love Nick at Nite).

Guest blogs

Asking about end-of-life care when patients can still answer

Asking about end-of-life care when patients can still answer

It's a scene at plays out all too often in hospitals across the United States. A stroke leaves a frail senior incapacitated, lying in a hospital bed. Family members gather around, but no one can say for sure what their relative wants for her end-of-life care, and no advance directive or healthcare power of attorney is on file for her.

Integrating mind, body and spirit

Integrating mind, body and spirit

As technologies continue to develop, our residents' needs also change. The need for a computer lab is waning as our residents are starting to be more tech-savvy. Life enrichment teams in long-term care must come up with new ideas of how to embrace technology.

Things I Think

Long-term (care) anxiety at bargain prices

Long-term (care) anxiety at bargain prices

The median annual cost of a nursing home room is now more than $87,000, according to a recent survey. To an uninformed member of the public, I'm sure that seems like a lot. But what the average person doesn't know is that the price also includes strippers, so it's actually pretty reasonable.

Drawing a line for a balanced life

Drawing a line for a balanced life

We hear a lot about drawing lines these days. And that's what long-term care employees need to immediately do — stand up tall to your facility overlords, muster your courage and draw a big, bold line. For anything short of an actual emergency, you're not going to be accessible after work any more.

Rehab Realities

Ready, set ... Just kidding! (ICD-10 adventures continue)

Ready, set ... Just kidding! (ICD-10 adventures continue)

Is that how everyone is feeling about the ICD-10 delays? Well, that's how I'm feeling. We almost got within the six-month window for implementation. Just when we were all geared up and ready to go, the government pushes the deadlines out again for one more year.

The power of words

The power of words

"The pen is mightier than the sword" is an age-old adage that implies that the power of communication — in this case, written communication — is more powerful than a physical weapon. Do you adopt this philosophy with your medical records and rehab documentation? You should.

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