The Daily Editors' Blog
Labor costs typically eat up 50% to 75% of a facility's operating budget. So it's small wonder that wage issues are at the heart of so many management-labor battles.
One of the more mortifying moments of attending a recent conference was when I went up to a participant and asked to interview her. She nicely reminded me that I had interviewed her 10 minutes before.
Long-term care operators are in the business of solving problems. They make problems disappear for residents, families and the government. And let's not forget employees.
Group memberships improve self-esteem, say Canadian Institute for Advanced Research fellows, who were specifically looking at school children, the homeless and the elderly. The caveat is that the groups have to contribute to the sense of who they were and their social identity.
The Real Nurse Jackie
Oh, ICD-10, you are so near, Your extra digits is what we fear. We have to start on October One, But coding drafts are still undone!
Nurses are trained in so many ways to prepare for disasters. But there are some "disasters" we haven't planned for. Take, for instance, when the registered dietician decides to create a vegetarian-based recipe of a tofu and bean casserole for dinner — and doesn't tell you.
FCA cases are most often initiatied by whistleblowers. This is part one of a four-part series.
Every morning, team members at our corporate office, and at all of our communities across the nation, attend a stand-up meeting, recommitting themselves to embrace a culture of unparalleled service.
Things I Think
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.
After a particularly painful experience at a local restaurant, an irate friend of mine feels strongly that heat descriptions for spicy meals should be nationally monitored and controlled. But since I spend my life in and around the long-term care profession — one of the most heavily regulated in the universe — I'm skeptical.
The World According to Dr. El
I believe leave-takings in long-term care are more important than in other settings and that the style of departure should be given more consideration.
Though it was close to 20 years ago, I'll never forget the reaction of one of my patients to losing both of her legs to diabetes. Residents like her make it quite clear that it is possible to be grateful and to live fully, despite disability.