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6 tips for strengthening emergency plans

6 tips for strengthening emergency plans

With another massive New York snowstorm on its way, and as we prepare for unstable weather across the country, long-term care facilities and senior living communities need to ask themselves: What can we do to keep residents who live at our communities safe?

Getting off a health crisis roller coaster

Getting off a health crisis roller coaster

You've seen it happen more times than you can count: an older adult checks into the hospital with a serious illness, recovers at a rehabilitation center and is then discharged. A month later, that person is back in the hospital. Too many people end up this way, riding a roller coaster of health crises until their health is severely compromised

Practical tips for improving frontline staff morale

Practical tips for improving frontline staff morale

Long-term care leaders often realize their team members are stressed, but they don't know what to do to encourage them. This can lead to very bad situations.

New models predict SNF hospital readmission rates

New models predict SNF hospital readmission rates

If a skilled nursing facility were an overall Five Star performer, you would think that it would provide the best care and have the fewest rehospitalizations, right?

ADL coding: The importance of being accurate

ADL coding: The importance of being accurate

Section G is one of the most inaccurately coded sections of the MDS 3.0. This is primarily due to the inaccuracy of the supporting documentation for Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).

Culture shift starts with employee investment

Culture shift starts with employee investment

Providing the highest quality care to our geriatric long-term care residents and short-term stay rehabilitation patients has been a major focus and investment throughout our organization. Our goal, from the corporate to community levels, is to further achieve a patient-centered care model. Implementing this major change through education and investment must begin with the front-line staff.

Intervention: How eating and drinking can save your skin

Intervention: How eating and drinking can save your skin

Graduating with a nursing degree in hand, I was ready to bring my new knowledge and skills to the bedside. Thirty years later, I am amazed at how much I still have to learn and apply to my practice. In our right to keep seniors free of pressure ulcers, for example, we have missed an important tool for helping the skin be stronger and more resilient

This year holds promise for post-acute care

This year holds promise for post-acute care

Hospitals traditionally have viewed a patient's discharge as the endpoint of their care responsibilities. In reality, hospital stays frequently are just one step in ongoing episodes of care. Ensuring a smooth transition from acute to post-acute and long-term care settings is critical to achieving optimal health outcomes, as well as preventing unnecessary hospital readmissions and emergency department visits.

Tomorrow's nursing homes must integrate palliative care

Tomorrow's nursing homes must integrate palliative care

Palliative care, a form of patient-centered care focused on quality of life for the seriously ill, should be the standard of practice for all elderly patients with complex illness in nursing homes.

After Ebola: Preparing for the next catastrophic pandemic

After Ebola: Preparing for the next catastrophic pandemic

The rapid spread of infectious disease through human populations across a large region is not a new problem. But unfortunately, planning for or contemplating the risks associated with pandemics often becomes forgotten after each crisis.

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