The Daily Editors' Blog
So much for the dog days of summer getting close. Long-term care advocates were already at full woof on Tuesday — and that's a good thing.
It's always tempting to think reports issued from the Government Accountability Office are written by bureaucrats sharpening pencils and tapping into computer databases.
Given the nature of what they do, it's not surprising that nursing homes sometimes find themselves targeted in lawsuits. Unfortunately, it appears that this discomforting reality is about to become more uncomfortable.
The lessons keep flowing from the political debacle that has been Sarah Palin's political career since she left her job as mayor of a small Alaska town. You'll recall it was Palin who launched the irresponsible phrase "death panels" into the stratosphere back in 2009.
The Real Nurse Jackie
Florida and Arizona, and other similar warm weather destinations, might no longer be the prize places retirees wish to spend their golden years. And the reason might surprise you.
I can't stand TV shows that do a poor job of portraying nurses or the medical profession. Unfortunately, I just found another one. Let me save you from it.
Nurses and other healthcare providers are privileged to intimately care for their patients and patients' families daily during patients' most vulnerable and life-altering times of profound loss and grief.
Improving quality is the key to surviving payment reform. Here are six ways LTC providers can boost their quality.
Things I Think
I was scared, I'll admit it. I had never used it before. It was all so intimidating and new. The old system worked fine for me, and I was comfortable with its inadequacies. You might think I'm describing the terrifying transition to electronic health records in long-term care, but I'm not. This is about my first ride with Uber.
Long-term care has far too many professionals with a depth and range of skill and training that the public almost never gets to see.
The World According to Dr. El
These days, with organizations being penalized for rehospitalizations and closely monitored on clinical outcomes, it would probably be very worthwhile to provide a group of elders with some pet fish, food and a tank — along with their own self-care training before discharge or after diagnosis.
Residents and their families count on us to support them along the emotional and often frightening path of end-of-life care. We can help our residents have a "good" death and make the experience less painful for their families — and us, as LTC workers.