Eleanor Feldman Barbera
When I spoke about the challenges of staff turnover at the Louisiana Nursing Home Association convention last week, I asked the group, "If you were able to bring in the same salary you were currently making, would you want to have the job of an aide?"
McKnight's Long-Term Care News Senior Editor Elizabeth Newman earned a Grand Award for blog writing, and McKnight's writers and editors also pulled in four other Awards of Excellence in the 2014 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence program.
Social connections, individual preferences and strong resident councils are among the ideas for what makes a strong long-term care facility.
We must ask: After a resident has been treated and taken to the bathroom, and given a meal, what activities exist for him or her?
I sat in morning report as the nursing supervisor announced the arrival of a new resident. An 80-year old woman was taken to the hospital after a fall at home, where she received a below-knee amputation and contracted C. diff before being transferred to our facility. I looked around the room and speculated about what each of my team members were thinking, imagining thought bubbles over their heads.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, long-term care facilities may be wondering how to help their own residents, families, and staff members or those directly affected by this devastating storm.
If there is anyone who knows how to get inside the head of a troubled long-term care resident, it is Eleanor Feldman Barbera. Better than that is the fact that this talented nursing home psychologist is willing to share what she knows.