The Daily Editors' Blog
There's debate in the Leis/Newman households over the intelligence of the family basset hound, Daisy Mae. My mother believes Daisy Mae is purely food-driven, rather than intellectually gifted. I disagree.
There is an unusually strong fire in Doug Burr that keeps him going, and for this, long-term care providers everywhere should be thankful.
Every once in awhile, I come across a research report that falls into what I like to call the "duh" category. These are the studies that announce the "scientific breakthrough" of something that just seems to me like common sense. The latest study to trigger my duh alarm came with this headline: "Senior citizens may accept robot helpers, but fear robot masters."
There are many serious problems in long-term care: funding, regulations, legal concerns, staffing and more. But none of these is the biggest.
The Real Nurse Jackie
In our long-term care and senior care world, we get tagged if our residents' dining experience simply does not meet their expectations. But apparently, there is a federal loophole that allows poisons in our foods.
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!)
Skilled nursing facility operators should pay close attention to anti-kickback statutes trends because enforcement is evolving and the issues can affect providers greatly.
As a not-for-profit organization, social accountability is a core value of Lifespace Communities and part of who we are as a senior living provider.
Things I Think
Powerball is one of the great tests of work-based friendship in long-term care.Those 13 California nursing home nurses who came within one number of winning the whole $1.5 billion lottery are almost certainly discovering that right now. With one series of semi-lucky numbers, they've probably compromised every close workplace relationship they've taken years to build.
We baby boomers think we'll live forever. Data now suggests we might just be right.
The World According to Dr. El
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.
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.)