Ahhh. A new year. It's time for a fresh start, the chance to take life in a different direction. Whatever our roles in long-term care, there are steps each of us can take to enhance the way we treat each other and to have a positive impact on workplace culture.
The team huddled around the nursing station talking in panicked whispers after the management meeting ended. "How do they expect us to do that?" a young nurse wondered. "Yeah," an aide replied, "we're stretched thin enough already!"
Things have been kind of tough lately, haven't they? And they're probably going to get tougher, right? If you have thought or possibly mouthed those words yourself, stop. Just stop. Quit your complaining ... for one day at least.
How someone dies is a very important part of the culture of the long-term care organization. Odds are your community can improve its culture in this area.
Bethany Village's Silver Recognition is a significant milestone in the organization's culture change journey. More importantly, it reassures residents and families that effective policies, practices, tools, and systems are in place to meet a broad range of resident, family, and professional health care giver needs and preferences.
I have worked in the aging profession for more than 21 years, have been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and will soon begin my (semi-) retirement. This has led me to do a lot of reflecting on my career and, for lack of a better word, my legacy as a nurse and long-term care educator.
We are going through culture change and wonder if surveyors will be more lenient with regulations if we do something that is resident choice?
Culture change pays off by increasing the quality of care in nursing homes, according to a new study from Brown University.
A student preparing her master's thesis in healthcare management recently asked me, "Why aren't more organizations doing The Eden Alternative or something like it?" From the tone of her voice, it was obvious that she was struggling to find an answer. Well, I've thought about this question a lot, so I had my answer ready.
Consistent assignment study shows need for careful culture change implementation, Eden Alternative leader saysFebruary 25, 2014
Consistently assigning nursing home aides to particular residents could cause the aides to feel isolated and overburdened, suggests a study forthcoming in the Western Journal of Nursing Research. However, a prominent voice in the nursing home culture change movement says the study simply shows that providers must adhere to best practices to see the benefits of consistent assignment.
Nursing homes that initiated culture change between 2004 and 2009 saw a noteworthy decrease in health-related survey deficiency citations, according to recently published research. The investigators describe their study as the first of its kind.
Systematic improvement is a key to larger culture change in long-term care, Advancing Excellence leader saysNovember 05, 2013
The Advancing Excellence campaign is well known for helping long-term care providers improve on measureable quality goals, but the program goes beyond this to create less quantifiable changes, according to Executive Director Douglas Pace, LNHA.
Things were so much less complicated when I started into the nursing home business in 1973. My father, looking for a business venture, built a 19-bed nursing home on the family farm. My older brother was the administrator and night shift aide. My mother was the cook, and my father was the maintenance man. I was the director of nursing and day shift aide.
The Atlantic's recent article called 'How to Fix Nursing Homes' is a well-written and thoughtful piece. My only gripe is that the headline is a bit of a reach.
The Eden Alternative, a culture-change long-term care program, has announced the acquisition of Lifespan Network's Wellspring Program.
The quality of nursing home care is improving — and residents and their families are noticing. That's the message two industry researchers want administrators and caregivers to take away from new survey findings.
A group of nursing organizations on Thursday released a list of 10 nurse competencies for nursing home culture change. The move marks the end of a two-year effort to find the most relevant competencies for creating person-centered care, according to a press release.
Karen Schoeneman, deputy director of the Division of Nursing Homes at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has received the 2010 Picker Institute Award for Excellence.
Strong relationships are the backbone of the culture change movement.
Directors of nursing are going to be told from Saturday to Wednesday that they "can do whatever they put their mind to" at the annual meeting of the National Association Directors of Nursing Administration / Long-Term Care, organizers say. Themed "Mission Possible," the meeting takes place in Phoenix and will feature workshops focusing on Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) surveys, culture change and Quality Indicator Surveys (QIS). The keynote speaker will be LeAnn Thieman, co-author of "Chicken Soup for the Nurses Soul."
One of the primary concepts behind the Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas (PEAK) award is promoting culture change in nursing homes.
Nursing homes that have adopted aspects of the culture change movement, or at least strive to, are more likely to see benefits in resident satisfaction, staff retention, higher occupancy rates and improved operational costs, according to a recently released survey of directors of nursing.
Falls and medication errors can lead to big problems. That is why providers need to be extra vigilant about prevention.
When "Dianne Butler's" mother was rushed to the emergency room with signs of a heart attack, the ER nurses quickly cut away her snug, pullover silk shift. Hurrying to do CPR and start IVs, that dress was the last thing they were worried about...
It's hardly a secret that eldercare services in this nation are in a state of flux. The average age of nursing homes in most metro markets has surpassed 30 years.
The raiding of resident trust funds and theft of insurance checks by staff are perhaps the two most significant fraud/embezzlement problems in long-term care. What is your advice for guarding against them?
Since the reduction of the so-called 75% Rule to 60%, SNFs have to work even harder to attract Part A therapy residents
The nation's top lawmakers are learning more about new monitoring, personal health record and brain fitness technologies for seniors during a special briefing and demonstration today.Senators from the Special Committee on Aging; the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; and the Medical Technology Caucus are hosting the event to discuss and explore what type of support is needed to promote technological advances that can help our nation's aging population.
Staying on top of the latest products, services and industry trends can be a time-devouring pursuit. But the job just became less time consuming, thanks to our new Web site. Eldercare pros can find many time-saving options. These include a substantially enhanced Directory that makes it easier to locate needed services, plus videos of important suppliers. The latest job openings are also available, as well as immediate access to our Career Guide. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our new site. We think you'll find it's time well spent.
Culture change is all the rage in nursing home design today, but you don't have to build new to make a difference.