Guest Columns

Guest Columns

2015: The year of innovation

2015: The year of innovation

As we prepare to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015, now is the time to make a New Year's resolution of innovation. While each long-term care facility will chart its own course, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale has found three core avenues of innovation: short-term rehabilitation, an outsourced pharmacy offering, and an increased emphasis placed on customer service and quality.

9 things NOT to expect in a nursing home

9 things NOT to expect in a nursing home

Family members need to know what to expect when their loved one enters a nursing home: Falls may happen, medications may change, and a private room may not be an option.

Tips on handling the flu with seniors

Tips on handling the flu with seniors

Using these methods, the flu can usually be contained and treated for the benefit of both the seniors and their caregivers.

Fuzzy math in RAC audits

Fuzzy math in RAC audits

If you are like me and have children who are required to contribute to science fairs, then you understand that the method in a science project is as important as the topic .It is difficult to explain to my children this importance when they hear me talk about my industry and agencies that "audit," and how these agencies freely manipulate or ignore data to derive results they want versus results that are real.

Making strides in resident-centered care

Making strides in resident-centered care

Bethany Village's Silver Recognition is a significant milestone in the organization's culture change journey. More importantly, it reassures residents and families that effective policies, practices, tools, and systems are in place to meet a broad range of resident, family, and professional health care giver needs and preferences.

Take a look in the mirror

Take a look in the mirror

I have worked in the aging profession for more than 21 years, have been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and will soon begin my (semi-) retirement. This has led me to do a lot of reflecting on my career and, for lack of a better word, my legacy as a nurse and long-term care educator.

Any eggrolls with that, Sweetie?

Any eggrolls with that, Sweetie?

It so happened that in the drive-thru at Panda Express recently, I had an epiphany. Let me explain.

Determining medically necessary Medicare coverage

Determining medically necessary Medicare coverage

Accurate and thorough nursing documentation is the crucial factor in determining medical necessity. As nursing leaders in long-term care, we are obligated to ensure that Medicare documentation standards meet the premise of reasonable and necessary care and services.

Psychosis in Parkinson's disease: An LTC perspective

Psychosis in Parkinson's disease: An LTC perspective

The single most important precipitant for placement of Parkinson's disease patients in a long-term care facility is psychiatric dysfunction, particularly psychosis. Although PD is classified as a movement disorder and clinically diagnosed purely based on movement disorder criteria, non-motor, neurological and psychiatric features are crucially important, particularly as the disease progresses.

The Jimmo scorecard and CMS compliance update

The Jimmo scorecard and CMS compliance update

In some ways, 2014 has been a monumental year. But it's not over yet, especially with regard to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services steps regarding the historic Jimmo settlement agreement signed on Jan. 24, 2013.

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