By providing the best level of care, a provider will help ensure resident satisfaction as well as foster a positive work environment for employees. Poor quality will affect a provider's revenue stream.
When I came to Baltimore-based Erickson Living to work as a public relations summer intern, I imagined I would enrich my PR experiences and skills, but I never dreamed I'd walk away with such a wealth of knowledge on memory care, memory health, and memory fitness.
Readmissions have become an increasingly urgent concern for skilled nursing facilities not only because they are traumatic for residents, but also because under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals' Medicare reimbursements have been tied to readmission rates. For the past few years, skilled nursing facilities have tried to attract referrals by showing that they can help hospitals keep readmissions low.
One timely topic that is both difficult to comprehend and discuss is drug diversion in long-term care. Long-term care leaders must have a solid system in place with policies and procedures, education, oversight and monitoring on an ongoing basis, as shift-to-shift counting alone will not suffice in identification of diversion.
For so many of us working in senior care, we are often approached by family members and caregivers with questions about the uncertainty of the dementia journey.
This year, our Altercare of Louisville Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing became the first center in Ohio to earn the American Healthcare Association and National Center for Assisted Living's coveted Gold Quality Award. So how did we do it?
The most important documents to put into place when dealing with individuals with Alzheimer's are durable powers of attorney for financial matters and healthcare decisions.
The modern way to think about providing care is that we are all in the experience business rather than the service business.
The attention given to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Five Star Quality Rating System over the last few weeks by the New York Times, Forbes, and elected officials serves to highlight the importance of other indicators of a nursing home's quality.
When a skilled nursing facility changes ownership, the change is known in healthcare vernacular as a change of ownership or "CHOW." Because this could wind up endangering a Medicare provider agreement, It is imperative that more people understand the process, know the parties they're involved with and develop better awareness of the regulatory issues involved.
Guest columns are written by long-term care industry experts, ranging from academics and thought leaders to administrators and CEOs.