Guest Columns

Guest Columns

Opportunity: Improve care for Americans who need it most

Opportunity: Improve care for Americans who need it most

For people with complex health and social needs, getting better isn't simply finding and receiving the best care they can access at their local hospital.

Caregivers and nurses: Knowing when to get involved in issues of elder intimacy

Caregivers and nurses: Knowing when to get involved in issues of elder intimacy

As caretakers of elderly people we focus on their health, comfort and emotions. We monitor their eating, bathroom routines, and even their socialization.

Understanding the risk of dialysis for LTC residents

Understanding the risk of dialysis for LTC residents

Researchers, doctors, nurses, patients and caregivers have already gone a long way in preventing catheter related bloodstream infections.

What to do when a POA agent doesn't pay

What to do when a POA agent doesn't pay

Long-term care facilities traditionally take steps to ensure that residents have a financial and a healthcare power of attorney in place upon admittance. But what happens when an agent named under a POA fails to make payments for the resident's stay at the facility?

A two-pronged approach to protecting SNF residents from influenza

A two-pronged approach to protecting SNF residents from influenza

Good news: More skilled nursing facility staff are getting their annual influenza vaccine than ever before. Last season, nearly 70% were vaccinated, up from 64% a year earlier. Bad news: SNF staff still have the lowest influenza vaccination coverage rates of healthcare professionals by work location.

Behavioral and psychiatric challenges in SNFS

Behavioral and psychiatric challenges in SNFS

"Bonnie" was admitted to the skilled nursing facility following surgery for a right hip fracture. Prior to her fall, she said she was living by herself, fully independent. Although she claimed she wanted to return to her apartment following rehabilitation, she was slow to make gains in her therapy, often complaining of great pain and isolating herself in bed.

Understanding 'Unbefriended'

Understanding 'Unbefriended'

We're wrapping up a time of year when many of us are heartened by seeing family and friends for the holidays. But what if residents don't have anyone?

Want to prevent lawsuits? Talk to us!

Want to prevent lawsuits? Talk to us!

I've heard a lot of talk lately about suing nursing homes - not only from family members distraught over an elderly loved one's injury or death in an SNF, but also from the growing chorus of lawyers trolling the local airwaves for potential plaintiffs.

Don't punish SNFs for training

Don't punish SNFs for training

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have made information technology and staff competency a priority for the past five years.

Bridging the gap: Millennials in LTC

Bridging the gap: Millennials in LTC

Millennials were raised to be confident individuals. This confidence can be off-putting to their more seasoned coworkers.

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Guest columns are written by long-term care industry experts, ranging from academics and thought leaders to administrators and CEOs.

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