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'Fresh meat' for the workforce ... really?!

'Fresh meat' for the workforce ... really?!

I was speaking to a group of certified nursing assistant during a session on turnover. The meeting was a hoot, and one CNA in particular shouted, "You are right! You are SO right!" I felt validated by her excitement after I noted how we often run off new nursing assistants by the way we treat them. But then it went bad.

Back to school special

Back to school special

Whether its shopping discounts on school supplies, joining athletic teams, buying college dorm furniture, to helping children make the tough decisions such as picking between the Batman and Avengers backpack, everyone is gearing up.

Infectious diseases specialists vital in LTC facilities

Infectious diseases specialists vital in LTC facilities

Coping with the complicated management of infectious diseases is among the many challenges facing long-term care facilities today. Residents with multiple comorbidities often are prescribed broad-spectrum antibiotics and it seems as though methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other (increasingly) drug-resistant bugs are everywhere. Outbreaks are common, ranging from norovirus and influenza to Clostridium difficile and scabies.

How to become a champion of technology

How to become a champion of technology

Organizations that focus on innovation shared insight on how to evaluate, implement and measure the success of technology. And to help you in your efforts, they highlighted areas to be cautious.

Getting noticed by ACOs

Getting noticed by ACOs

Accountable care organizations were created to promote better care and better health for individuals and populations at a lower cost. They must identify providers that excel in areas not covered by ACOs themselves. In addition, providers must be accountable for their patients' health, along with ACOs. That means providers have the financial incentives to do only what is absolutely needed.

Beyond black and white

Beyond black and white

The movement in long-term care is full of color and adventure and is no longer about black and white tasks to check off. Our journey to creating a world of color, no matter how small each idea may be, is about listening to those we care for.

What administrators need to know about therapy metrics

What administrators need to know about therapy metrics

Administrators have multiple departments to oversee, so it is important that they have a method to determine if their therapy department is running efficiently, meeting its goals and adding to the strategic success of the facility. There are several metrics and indicators of a successful therapy department.

Youth and seniors bond at Sedgebrook

Youth and seniors bond at Sedgebrook

Whether it's exploring technology and using an iPad, or building a garden, both the residents at our CCRC and local students were enriched by projects that had them working together.

The heat is on: Reducing the dangers of hyperthermia for your residents

The heat is on: Reducing the dangers of hyperthermia for your residents

He stumbled into the room, sweating and vomiting, and then he slipped to the floor. I was 8 years old and he was my brother.

Looking at dementia beyond drugs and disease

Looking at dementia beyond drugs and disease

The emerging literature on "nonpharmacological interventions" has not succeeded in providing long-term solutions for many people, such that expressions of need continue to recur on a regular basis.

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