Coping

Over the falls

Over the falls

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Here's how yesterday felt in my endless pursuit of long-term care-related service and perfection. As challenges multiplied, I'm pretty sure I was strapped inside an old wooden pickle barrel, pushed into the middle of the raging Niagara River and carried over the falls.

Absenteeism and turnover in LTC?  Death anxiety could be the cause

Absenteeism and turnover in LTC? Death anxiety could be the cause

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I started working in long-term care when I was in my early 30s and I was shocked at first when the residents died. I was used to falling in love with my patients. In order to make it in LTC, I've protected myself by falling in love in a different way.

Dealing with grief

Dealing with grief

Throughout my years of visiting senior living communities and working with families, some of the most heartbreaking moments come from watching a family member struggle with watching a loved one slowly slip away because of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

After natural disasters: coping with resident and staff emotions

After natural disasters: coping with resident and staff emotions

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The Northeast just experienced an earthquake and a hurricane all in one week. The storm may have subsided, but it's likely residents and staff will still be facing a whirlwind of emotions. And it's likely that, sooner or later, you will have to deal with a natural disaster or other calamity. Here are some tips on how to handle such situations.