The Daily Editors' Blog
Long-term care providers need to change their mindset when it comes to hospice care. Here's why.
When it comes to measuring how well a long-term care facility is doing, we all know the usual benchmarks: revenues, profits and census levels.
While I never expected long-term care to be a serious part of discussion within the three presidential debates, the wonky part of my heart still jumped for joy when moderator Chris Wallace asked about entitlement programs during the last debate Wednesday night.
You think there are a lot of negative headlines about providers getting sued now? Just watch the floodgates open if arbitration clauses aren't allowed.
The Real Nurse Jackie
Very often, the nursing progress note documentation is like cotton candy. You think it looks really good but when you get down to it, it's just a sticky mess! Or, just a bunch of fluff with no substance. Electronic medical records systems often compound this issue.
Let's face it, nursing home culture change and honoring resident choice can still bring about an anxiety attack to the most laid back of nurses. Promoting resident autonomy without exposing providers to a risk of liability is kind of an oxymoron. But we've all heard it: "No risk, no reward."
The most common type of arrhythmia, AFib increases stroke risk by five-fold and disproportionately impacts older Americans, with close to half of all atrial fibrillation-associated strokes occurring in patients ages 75 and older.
Sometimes well-meaning supervisors (and sometimes leaders who don't want to do the hard work of dealing with problems) try to use appreciation as a "quick fix" for deeper issues that need to be addressed.
Things I Think
In a new study highlighted by McKnight's, more than 60% of night shift workers reported "poor sleep quality, insomnia and impaired sleep-related activities of daily living." Reading those words, I had two reactions: 1) how troubling and sad, and 2) these are my people!
Thanks to the inadvertent generosity of Starbucks, I didn't have to climb a mountain in my bare feet or learn to speak Tibetan to discover the secret of peace and happiness. It was delivered personally along with my morning coffee — and the message was steamy fresh and venti.
The World According to Dr. El
Forget about worries of them eating up staff time or triggering something bad on surveys, resident councils can be awesome for your facility and here's why.
Once, when I worked for a managed care company, I rode down a packed elevator with the CEO, who commented drily on the crowd, saying, "It must be 5:01." What I thought, but did not say, was that there were reasons his staff members weren't staying more than a minute past the hour.