The Daily Editors' Blog

3 reasons why LTC profits may soon be harder to come by

3 reasons why LTC profits may soon be harder to come by

While nobody in the field is shouting it from the mountain tops, the long-term care sector has been enjoying more than its share of easy layups lately. That could be coming to an end in the not too distant future.

Life, death and other tough choices for nursing homes

Life, death and other tough choices for nursing homes

As Mom used to say, where you stand usually depends on where you sit. That adage seems especially relevant for handling the wishes of residents diagnosed with terminal conditions.

Ability to read emotions is an undervalued skill in long-term care, elsewhere

Ability to read emotions is an undervalued skill in long-term care, elsewhere

According to a psychologist at the University of Bonn, recognizing people's emotions positively affects income, namely because these people in a business environment are able to care and deal with the emotions of their colleagues.

No joke: Nursing Home Compare, ratings earn praise

No joke: Nursing Home Compare, ratings earn praise

At first blush, the phrasing seemed like the punch line to a questionable long-term care-related gag. But upon further reflection, it began to sound more and more like an earnest compliment. The government's Nursing Home Compare website is better than others but still ripe for improvement? So true.

The Real Nurse Jackie

The schizophrenia of patient-centered care

The schizophrenia of patient-centered care

Is it me or sometimes do the wide interpretations within the State Operations Manual (the dreaded "RED book") make you want to question your entire existence? I mean, we've been working so diligently toward Culture Change and the true meaning of person-centered care. Nationally, I thought we were making headway. But nooooooo.

Bed A and Bed B are people!

Bed A and Bed B are people!

As a Charlton Heston movie once illustrated in an indirect way, it's important to know about the lives of who is living in our home. It's about relationships, not about heads in the beds.

Guest blogs

Large cities show wide range in episode spending

Large cities show wide range in episode spending

Over 6,000 healthcare providers are voluntarily testing bundled payments for episodes of care, adding to the momentum around episode-based, accountable care models in Medicare. One of the key goals of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement demonstration is to reduce the variation in the cost of an episode of care.

Let's change history to prevent pressure ulcers

Let's change history to prevent pressure ulcers

I can remember a conversation that I overheard between my mother and aunt when my grandmother was in her last few years of life. In essence, they were talking about open areas that my grandmother had on her backside. I knew that what was happening to my grandmother was not a good thing for her. It certainly wasn't something I wanted for my mother.

Things I Think

No reason for the horror of this dining service

No reason for the horror of this dining service

Food. It's important. I once foolishly tried to go several weeks without any. I almost died and was finally forced to start eating again. Evidence suggests I overcorrected, so it's definitely a fine line.

Feeling cynical? Find a veteran

Feeling cynical? Find a veteran

Feeling a little cynical about life or country? Spend a day with a few World War II veterans on the National Mall. I guarantee a complete recovery, or your money back.

Rehab Realities

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

You might be thinking this is going to be about the intriguing restaurant chain The Melting Pot. While I do love fondue (especially the cheese and chocolate varieties), I want to look at something crucial to our profession, and not just our palates.

Entitlement or over utilization?

Entitlement or over utilization?

Many of our therapy patients are medically complex and we, unfortunately, are not able to predict the future, as it sometimes seems that regulators want us to do.