It's all but impossible to read "The Greatest Generation" without being impressed by the people now residing in senior living settings. As Author Tom Brokaw points out, these folks dealt with many sacrifices caused by the Great Depression, fought in World War II and then helped revive a struggling national economy.
One of my former colleagues, who had moved to the healthcare sector from television, shared with me the story of how she began her new job and was told, "Oh, yeah, you can figure out the budget, right?" Administrators with limited budgeting experience might hesitate to make big investments, but when it comes to hand hygiene, spending a little more today could lead to big savings down the line.
The Minimum Data Set helps determine how resident care is classified and reimbursed. Because it drives providers' fate, virtually from start to finish, providers cling to any nugget they can glean about it. That's why newly released study findings prove so intriguing.
The government report on adverse events in post-acute care that was released yesterday shines a light on issues of real concern. However, as long-term care stakeholders and regulators consider the implications of the report and ways to reduce the number of adverse events, I'd suggest a companion report to be read alongside it: "Is Excessive Paperwork in Care Homes Undermining Care for Older People?"
Nurses regret more than clinical decisions when they're too tired at work — and that happens all to often. Here's what we should do about it.
This one is subtitled "Nursing facility personnel are essential and other things the world wasn't anticipating." Yes, while the temperature unexpectedly rose in Sochi, Russia, making winter sports precarious for many of the Olympic athletes, we on the East Coast and in other areas were having weather issues of our own. "Snow" is a four-letter word in its own right in the healthcare arena.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive, presently incurable respiratory illness that is characterized by airflow obstruction. For long-term care professionals, knowledge about every aspect of this debilitating disease is critical for effective care and improving a patient's quality of life.
Early in my career, I met a long-term care role model who changed my attitude. I've held up her service as the best example of how one person can influence an entire nursing home.
It's been a rough day for good customer service, and since you live and work in a profession dependent upon it, I'm sharing these still raw and painful experiences because I believe they'll be relevant and instructive in your long-term care setting. Or else I just need someone to talk to.
Like any good long-term care provider, I should know that to breathe a sigh of relief after weathering a crisis is to challenge the gods. Remember Brad, the nursing home administrator who left the deposition shouting, "Hurray, the worst is over!"? Of course you don't. No skilled administrator would ever tempt fate by even thinking something so cosmically naïve.
What is the purpose of a rehabilitation screen? Very simply, we attempt to identify long-term residents' needs and possible rehab potential. Somehow, we don't really have an industry standard on what should take place during a screen.
How do you define tolerance? Is tolerance measurable? Is tolerance too subjective? What about activity tolerance? We love to document how patients are improving activity tolerance, but many times that's all we state in our documentation. So what have we said? Very little.