Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive, presently incurable respiratory illness that is characterized by airflow obstruction. For long-term care professionals, knowledge about every aspect of this debilitating disease is critical for effective care and improving a patient's quality of life.
Early in my career, I met a long-term care role model who changed my attitude. I've held up her service as the best example of how one person can influence an entire nursing home.
Emergency preparedness is an evolving issue for long-term care providers. While a recent study by the Office of the Inspector General found that most nursing homes nationwide met federal requirements for disaster plans and training, they also saw that gaps in implementing these plans still exist.
The pressure is on. As the population ages, nursing homes will have to play a more central role in helping realize the national mandate of reducing healthcare costs while improving its quality.
It's important to do a review that considers your region and state. Identify how complaints and care deficiencies were handled last year.
Risk Management and Corporate Compliance are both integral components of effective administration and both are necessary within the healthcare setting.
The purpose and mission of Senior Outreach Services has evolved slightly over the years, but its main objective is to encourage senior care professionals to work together for the greater good of the community and individual clients.
Despite the rapidly growing elderly population, senior living communities sometimes have empty apartments and the worry is that prospective residents will look askance at a facility having more than a few vacancies.
Caring for someone with Alzheimer's requires ingenuity in the kitchen.
At Jefferson's Ferry, a nonprofit lifecare retirement community on Long Island, NY, we've devoted ourselves to "Embraceable You" — a program exploring the power of touch.
Guest columns are written by long-term care industry experts, ranging from academics and thought leaders to administrators and CEOs.