Gary Tetz

The blues drummers of long-term care

The blues drummers of long-term care

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After witnessing a musical performance that left me amazed and stupefied, I went home with a flash of insight and a long-sought analogy — facility administrators are the blues drummers of long-term care.

Clean it up, throw it out

Clean it up, throw it out

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Whenever I pass one of those cinderblock mini-storage places with double-loaded rows of strictly functional corridors, I think the same thing: "That looks like some nursing homes I've been in."

Of tired mice and men

Of tired mice and men

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Just so you know, I've been pulling two, 12-hour shifts of living per day for the past 53 years, and I'm exhausted. I work when I sleep and I sleep when I work, which means I don't do either one very well. I've even talked to my supervisor about this, to no avail. He's an unreasonable ogre named Gary Tetz, and all he cares about is himself.

Uniform conformity

Uniform conformity

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How widespread is the adoption of uniforms within the long-term care profession? According to a rigorous and scientific phone survey I conducted of the one nursing home administrator who would take my call this morning, they're required of all nurses, CNAs and dietary and housekeeping staff in her building. To extrapolate that data nationally, I'll let you do the math.

New McKnight's website offers better look, enhanced functionality

New McKnight's website offers better look, enhanced functionality

Better aesthetics and easier navigation are hallmarks of the latest McKnight's Long-Term Care website. A redesigned version of the industry's most popular web destination was unveiled Monday.

   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.

A life well lived

A life well lived

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That's a fashionable phrase we hear a lot these days—"life well lived." A long-term care provider I hold in high esteem has even used it as a marketing tagline. I happen to know this provider's values are in complete alignment, and I've seen those words come alive in the actions of its employees. I've also seen the opposite.

You're fired! Welcome to the team

You're fired! Welcome to the team

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The holy grail of long-term care hiring would have to be the ability to divine in advance who will end up becoming a personnel liability and workplace nightmare. Most providers try to do that with a combination of intuition, hypnosis, polygraphs, frisking and background checks.