Guest Columns

Guest Columns

A new movement: exercising the tongue

A new movement: exercising the tongue

Swallowing difficulties can create havoc for long-term care residents, and their direct caregivers. Luckily, there is a relatively new focus for saving residents and staff from a lot of frustration, and potentially dangerous circumstances: tongue exercises.

Factoring in social risk to your value-based strategy

Factoring in social risk to your value-based strategy

Providers that were hoping to see adjustments to value-based purchasing programs based on the social risk factors of the patients they serve may likely have to wait until larger revisions to healthcare reform are settled.

Understanding and responding to PTSD

Understanding and responding to PTSD

I was recently asked to evaluate a skilled nursing resident who, in his short time at the facility, was presenting a confusing picture to staff.

Short-handed or short-sighted?

Short-handed or short-sighted?

When we communicate that we are having staffing issues, whether or not that communication is correct, we are telling the residents and their families that we can't do our jobs.

Building championship teams during uncertain times for SNFs

Building championship teams during uncertain times for SNFs

As we face payment reform, delivery reform, the aging of America, the strength and challenge of an increasingly age and ethnically diverse workforce and the consumer demands of aging boomers, now more than ever before is the time to build championship teams.

Lower the risk and deter elopement

Lower the risk and deter elopement

The single most cited F-tag in a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services survey is F-323 in regards to resident safety and supervision.

Muse moments — engaging the hearts of those you lead

Muse moments — engaging the hearts of those you lead

The celebration of Valentine's Day is a celebration of love and connection. It also is statistically one of the highest dates for engagements to happen. When you translate that to the world of healthcare, how then do you engage the hearts of those you lead on a daily basis when our traditions seem to be a once-a-year event?

Avoid lawsuits and protect licenses

Avoid lawsuits and protect licenses

Document, document, document! Those words echo through the halls in a myriad of places − from the firing of an employee for cause, to substantiating or absolving an accusation of abuse or wrongful act.

Abe's Garden expands access to dementia care

Abe's Garden expands access to dementia care

At Abe's Garden, we know the alarming statistics about Alzheimer's and dementia. However, the focus of all who work and volunteer here are the unique adults we care for every day.

Practicing gratitude to heal the soul

Practicing gratitude to heal the soul

Wednesday is "gratitude journaling" day at Shuksan and for the next 30 minutes these residents will reflect upon their day and the past week, thinking back on whether there was anything that made them feel grateful. Anything at all.

Guest Columns

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

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