The Daily Editors' Blog

Speech plans shouldn't be a hard act to swallow

Speech plans shouldn't be a hard act to swallow

How do you discuss a speech or swallow-care plan with someone who might not be able to communicate well?

Solution to workforce woes in providers' own hands

Solution to workforce woes in providers' own hands

Former baseball executive Branch Rickey is famous for bringing Jackie Robinson to the Major Leagues to break the color barrier in 1947. It is especially noteworthy since this is Black History Month, but providers should admire Rickey for another reason as well.

Don't fear the millennials

Don't fear the millennials

When you're a young person who began mulling career choices in the midst of the Great Recession, and then went on to pick a profession lovingly referred to as "dying," odds are you'll go to great lengths to ensure that you have a stable job upon college graduation.

Just when you think Medicaid payments couldn't get worse ...

Just when you think Medicaid payments couldn't get worse ...

Providers have long-enjoyed a like-hate relationship with Medicaid. Many operators view the program much as a circus trainer might eye a recently acquired wild animal: There's lots of potential, but danger too.

The Real Nurse Jackie

America's finest people

America's finest people

Here we are again, with another record-breaking snowstorm ... when the word SNOW is a four-letter word and just hearing it brings many of us to our knees (often to throw up in a panic in the bathroom!)

Profit over public health — again

Profit over public health — again

With a lot of controversy, the 2016 Dietary Guidelines have just been published. Unfortunately, they constitute a slap in the face to the brilliant and hardworking 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).

Guest blogs

Serving older adults: A community outreach example

Serving older adults: A community outreach example

Effective community outreach to older adults can be done on a much smaller scale, with minimal investment and resources.

The marriage between life enrichment and marketing

The marriage between life enrichment and marketing

A coordinated approach can mean that your programs will get noticed in various media sources which will accentuate your marketing efforts.

Things I Think

They're here

They're here

We baby boomers think we'll live forever. Data now suggests we might just be right.

Laces out

Laces out

You think Five Star is bad? That cherry-picked data can lead to misinterpretation? That it's unfair to be publicly vilified online, and perhaps eternally defined, by every little mistake? You're lucky you're not Blair Walsh.

The World According to Dr. El

Dr. El's subversive guide to culture change

Dr. El's subversive guide to culture change

Culture change can be portrayed as many things. One possibility often overlooked is its being a grassroots effort that shifts the dynamics between residents, staff and community, one unit at a time.

'Honest' placebos help without side-effects, expense

'Honest' placebos help without side-effects, expense

Placebos could be a better friend than you realize in the universal quest to reduce the number of medications that elderly patients receive. Don't believe me? Read on. (It won't hurt.)