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Integrating mind, body and spirit

Integrating mind, body and spirit

As technologies continue to develop, our residents' needs also change. The need for a computer lab is waning as our residents are starting to be more tech-savvy. Life enrichment teams in long-term care must come up with new ideas of how to embrace technology.

Pain: An LTC rehab perspective

Pain: An LTC rehab perspective

LTC therapists seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to patient pain. Pain management is at the forefront of surveyors and scrutinized as a CMS quality measure.

High stakes and rewards at ACHCA Convocation

High stakes and rewards at ACHCA Convocation

Themes at ACHCA included leadership excellence, mentoring, culture change and reducing hospital readmissions.

Why LTC organizations should conduct end-of-life planning conversations

Why LTC organizations should conduct end-of-life planning conversations

Advance end-of-life planning can spare patients unwanted, aggressive treatments and it can help physicians calibrate care in more reasonable manner.

Self-esteem, the universe, and checks and balances for all of us

Self-esteem, the universe, and checks and balances for all of us

I have always been a person who never just dips a toe in the water. I jump in whole hog! Most of the time it works very well for me. I've been this way as long as I can remember.

Leadership and execution: Keys to culture change

Leadership and execution: Keys to culture change

A student preparing her master's thesis in healthcare management recently asked me, "Why aren't more organizations doing The Eden Alternative or something like it?" From the tone of her voice, it was obvious that she was struggling to find an answer. Well, I've thought about this question a lot, so I had my answer ready.

Leadership through laughter

Leadership through laughter

I am often reminded how lucky we are to come to work and experience something new, exciting, and fun every day. I'm sure you feel the same way. Our team laughs often, and many times we laugh quite loudly

Moving beyond the ZIP code

Moving beyond the ZIP code

Why is there greater disparity occurring in some states but not all? Is it about the size of the state or the number of survey districts?

What providers can do to counteract negative advertising

What providers can do to counteract negative advertising

Plaintiffs' lawyers use negative advertising for the same reason political consultants do — because it works. And although modern political campaigns seem never-ending, mercifully, there is a defined beginning, middle and end. Unfortunately for healthcare providers, especially skilled nursing facilities, there is no end to the cycle of targeted, negative advertising.

Life after consolidation: How LTC leaders can assimilate

Life after consolidation: How LTC leaders can assimilate

Consolidation, a fact of life in today's healthcare industry, is prevalent in the long-term care arena as well. Locally and regionally, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and home- and community-based service agencies are joining forces to share resources and achieve operating efficiencies.

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