Housekeeping

Bill would affect pay, scheduling for some nursing home housekeeping staff

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Nursing homes could face more stringent scheduling requirements for housekeeping workers and might be on the hook to compensate them for last-minute shift changes under a bill proposed in both houses of Congress.

Ask the care expert ... about regulating INR

Ask the care expert ... about regulating INR

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I am a charge nurse on a skilled care unit. We have one resident in particular on warfarin and we can't seem to regulate the INRs. Can you give me some ideas on how to assist with solving this problem?

The finishing touch in floor care for LTC

The finishing touch in floor care for LTC

Floor care is one of the most costly of cleaning tasks. While costs can vary, according to one study, 93% of the costs of floor care are labor related; only 7 percent apply to chemicals and supplies.

Another reason why clinicians shouldn't underestimate housekeeping staff

Another reason why clinicians shouldn't underestimate housekeeping staff

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Each time I visited a restroom during a routine site visit, I noticed a very pretty toilet-paper flower there. It was made of toilet paper and folded into a flower, including the stem. It was then sitting in an unused toilet paper roll to serve the purpose of the vase. It was such a clever and creative idea, I wanted to know who was behind this craft.

Design decisions: planting and maintaining a facility garden

Design decisions: planting and maintaining a facility garden

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It won't be long before residents of Island Nursing and Rehab Center get their hands dirty in their newly planted Garden Of Hope.

Tech toys

The nation's top lawmakers are learning more about new monitoring, personal health record and brain fitness technologies for seniors during a special briefing and demonstration today.Senators from the Special Committee on Aging; the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; and the Medical Technology Caucus are hosting the event to discuss and explore what type of support is needed to promote technological advances that can help our nation's aging population.

Passing the smell test

Passing the smell test

Birchwood Laboratories has introduced two new products that provide a sanitary solution for incontinence cleansing and management. B-SURE Perineal Wash and B-SURE Odor Eliminator are products help operators help communities look and smell fresh.

Nursing home operators rethink laundry practices

Nursing home operators rethink laundry practices

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Laundry services present an opportunity to increase resident satisfaction. For that reason alone, they're worth re-evaluating