Today we know that lying is sometimes the quintessential kindness a caregiver can offer any patient who suffers from dementia and, in particular, someone with Alzheimer's.
t's the time of year when we reflect and give thanks. With all the rapid changes in post-acute care, providers can be thankful for the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement regulations detailed in the Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities: Proposed Rule. Thankful? Yes, thankful!
Some clients entering long-term facilities may already abuse alcohol or other drugs.
There is a tension between those who resent being told they should communicate appreciation for employees "doing their job" and those who believe that supervisors need to grow in their willingness (and ability) to communicate genuine appreciation to team members for doing their jobs well.
The traditional system of separate Medicare and Medicaid programs is the least person-centered, most fragmented, and least efficient option.
If we are serious about providing the highest quality care for our residents, then we have to back our rhetoric with action.
When patients and their families feel overwrought and overwhelmed, a group of cells called the amygdala, located in their emotional brain, hijacks them away from being able to listen to you or follow what you say.
Studies of hospital admissions from U.S. nursing homes suggest that resident and family insistence on transfer accounts for as much as 15% to 18% of these admissions. It is understood few medical providers will refuse to transfer the resident under these circumstances.
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