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Complainers, take note: This one is all for you

Complainers, take note: This one is all for you

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As a long-term caregiver, you get yelled at, told off, put down and dumped on regularly — and that's during good weeks.

Going viral: A day without complaints brings personal discoveries

Going viral: A day without complaints brings personal discoveries

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Writers are expected to promote their work, especially blog posts like this, virtually any way they can. But I'll admit maybe this one isn't for you. After all, you're likely working in or around the long-term care profession and if that doesn't give reason to complain, I don't know what does.

Welcome to the community, social media

Welcome to the community, social media

Make sure staff, family and friends interact on social media. Have family and friends write reviews about their experience. Upload pictures and videos from events and make sure everyone knows about activities going on in the community. With time, residents, family members, staff and even prospects will be tweeting, posting and connecting!

Four tips for relieving stress in long-term care

Four tips for relieving stress in long-term care

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Stress is hurting the job performance of a huge number of people in this country — and long-term care workers are among those at greatest risk. At least, this was suggested by poll results released Monday. The findings indicate that facilities would be smart to proactively help staff manage their stress. Here are four strategies to consider.

Nursing home worker fired for Facebook post loses Idaho Supreme Court case

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A former nursing home worker fired for a Facebook status update has not succeeded in an appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court. The language of the skilled nursing facility's social media policy was an important factor in the ruling handed down Friday, according to local reports.

Caring for a booming senior population: How tech helps and hurts

Caring for a booming senior population: How tech helps and hurts

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Technology is changing how we care for seniors, and with the number of seniors in the U.S. expected to double by 2050, entrepreneurs are investing in new technologies designed specifically for the senior population. This trend has the potential to improve the lives of not only seniors, but also those who care for America's aging population as well.

A miracle of reflection

A miracle of reflection

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Sometimes in business — and particularly in the long-term care business — it can be useful to see things from a fresh, unexpected perspective.

The 12 traits of great nursing home administrators ... and school principals

The 12 traits of great nursing home administrators ... and school principals

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Social media often is credited with providing a stream of up-to-the-minute news, the latest developments breaking over Twitter or Facebook, and spreading virally in no time flat. But I've found that old stories also sometimes get a second life thanks to social media. Such is the case with a New York Times column from 2011that my friend Cory posted to Facebook this weekend. The column is about what makes a great school principal, but it could just as easily be talking about what makes a great long-term care administrator.

Can you fire an employee for negative Facebook postings? It depends, apparently

Can you fire an employee for negative Facebook postings? It depends, apparently

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Faceboook turned 10 this week and has essentially changed the way more than a billion people connect with each other via the Internet. But what's to be done when one of those people is an employee who is sharing harmful workplace information?

Study: Facebook posts encourage positive public opinion in times of crisis

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Business owners, including long-term care providers, might find Facebook an asset during a crisis, according to a new study.

Leveraging the obvious

Leveraging the obvious

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Three things we've learned from long-term care news so far this month. Angry Facebook rants can get you into trouble at work. Republican lawmakers would love to defund Obamacare. And nursing home residents are not satisfied with the food or activities. No word yet on whether gravity contributes to falls or pressure to ulcers, but August isn't quite over yet.

Fired nurse fails to prove privacy violation regarding Facebook account

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A registered nurse's privacy rights were not violated when she was suspended — and later fired for another reason — after an opinionated Facebook post from her was brought to her hospital supervisors' attention, a federal court has ruled.

Everything I need to know I learned from my residents

Everything I need to know I learned from my residents

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Someone posted a story I Liked on Facebook about an 85-year old woman who graduated from college and already had a job offer. "She's my new hero!" a Friend commented. That got me thinking about all the resident heroes I meet at work every day. They're the ones who help me along the journey to having the kind of life I can look back on without regrets when I'm in my nursing home room in my senior years.

Before the frat party, the nursing home

Before the frat party, the nursing home

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Some of us could live to be 150.

Facebook 'relaxing' ... for whom??

Facebook 'relaxing' ... for whom??

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You may have read that spending time on Facebook has been shown to reduce stress levels but now new research suggests that learning to use Facebook may have the benefit of sharpening of mental abilities on adults over 65. OK, I'm just going to ask: Has anyone out there tried to teach a parent how to use Facebook?

You 'Like' me!

You 'Like' me!

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It's not necessarily a bad thing, or a good one either — kind of like Rice-A-Roni or the music of Yanni. But instant customer feedback, and the expectation of immediate response and action is where the Facebook culture is driving us, and long-term care is no exception.

   New website promises to improve your experience in finding news — and more

New website promises to improve your experience in finding news — and more

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With the unveiling of our new mcknights.com website, we're hoping to make the way you obtain industry knowledge a more enjoyable experience.

Father Knows Tech

Father Knows Tech

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Who is this, and what have you done with my father? That's what I wanted to ask the last time my dad came to visit.

NLRB offers guidance on social media policies and practices for nursing homes

NLRB offers guidance on social media policies and practices for nursing homes

The National Labor Relation Board's Acting General Counsel has released a report summarizing a number of recent NLRB decisions involving employers' restrictions on employee use of social media. They provide insight as to how the NLRB is currently reviewing social media issues that impact employee rights.

Association releases social media guidelines for nurses

Nurses should not be afraid to embrace social media for fear of violating patient privacy — rather, they should follow professional standards, according to new guidelines released by the American Nurses Association.

Government launches Facebook contest designed to help healthcare providers in disaster preparedness

The federal government is challenging technology developers and entrepreneurs to develop a Facebook application aimed at helping healthcare providers, including nursing homes and hospitals, improve their disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

Innovative marketing for the eldercare industry a growing necessity

Innovative marketing for the eldercare industry a growing necessity

To harness the potential of the burgeoning eldercare market, companies will need to move away from their traditional communications tactics and enter the new age of marketing. I am not necessarily talking about big budgets and large-scale advertising, but rather about innovative communications campaigns.

If Ivy Bean can master Twitter, so can we

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Did anyone else get a kick out of last week's story about Ivy Bean, the Twitter user who died at the age of 104?

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