The Daily Editors' Blog

Got kidney stones? It may be time to visit Disney World

Got kidney stones? It may be time to visit Disney World

Before you jump on the "Who paid for THAT study?!" bandwagon, know that this research wasn't borne from some scientist's Nyquil-induced fever dream.

ACLU takes on nursing homes

ACLU takes on nursing homes

Of course precautions have to be taken in a healthcare setting to prevent the spread of AIDS, but they are things you'd also use as a basic standard of care.

Proof of the value of palliative care consultations

Proof of the value of palliative care consultations

Everybody's looking for win-win scenarios, especially in healthcare. Because of such tight operating margins, that goes double for long-term care. That's what makes some of the newest palliative care research out of Brown University so intriguing.

A reel problem for seniors

A reel problem for seniors

Hollywood has a long way to go before it accurately reflects the diversity of the people who pay money to see its films. Take, for example, seniors. Research from the University of Southern California and insurance provider Humana shows the film industry is seriously lacking when it comes to depicting older adults in a positive light.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Pondering oddities of the job, and more

Pondering oddities of the job, and more

I have to say that I absolutely love working in eldercare. I mean, I thought I would have to move down South if I wanted to say whatever was on my mind.

No Rhyme or Reason

No Rhyme or Reason

Did you know that September 1 was "No Rhyme or Reason Day"? Apparently, there is a day to celebrate words that don't rhyme and things that don't make sense. This gets me thinking about, well, things that go on in our facilities because people don't think.

Guest blogs

4 tips for boosting resident satisfaction

4 tips for boosting resident satisfaction

Your residents and potential consumers are paying more attention than ever to the care they receive, and long-term care providers are taking note.

A compelling case study in senior health

A compelling case study in senior health

Healthcare for seniors these days all too often focuses on the ill and the infirm, bedridden and beholden to physicians and nurses.

Things I Think

Accept and connect

Accept and connect

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.

Senior sex — the lethal irony

Senior sex — the lethal irony

Of all the forces in the universe, I fear irony the most. It's lethal, and is eventually going to find and destroy me.

The World According to Dr. El

4 ways to find out why your aides are leaving

4 ways to find out why your aides are leaving

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.

To reduce staff turnover, lead with LTC strengths

To reduce staff turnover, lead with LTC strengths

When I spoke about the challenges of staff turnover at the Louisiana Nursing Home Association convention last week, I asked the group, "If you were able to bring in the same salary you were currently making, would you want to have the job of an aide?"