FHA-backed mortgages are becoming popular with long-term care facilities as conventional banks are increasingly uncertain about the impact healthcare reform and financing will have on providers' stability. That doesn't mean Federal Housing Administration loans are a slam dunk. Do your homework, watch your bottom line and understand the potential pitfalls, experts advise.
Whether made out of necessity or desire, decisions to upgrade your facility's vehicles can and should be shaped by a variety of factors. While ensuring the safety of your residents always is paramount, there are other practical issues at play, as industry experts point out.
Information technology today has become sophisticated and complex. With many long-term care facilities now facing looming mandates to adopt electronic medical records, security and reliability of hardware is a paramount concern. Careful infrastructure planning and hardware acquisition will help meet these challenges.
Research supported by general industry consensus shows successful wound care management in long-term care cannot be achieved by a singular effort. Building highly effective and functional teams means taking a well-designed, multidisciplinary approach, backed by solid leadership and smooth collaboration. Here's how to do it.
Lenders today may be more open to lending capital than during the months following the nation's 2008 economic collapse, but they're also more scrutinizing. The times may be better than they have in years to finance improvements and additions, but you still have to have your ducks in a row, experts remind.
Beds are literally the biggest, and often most significant, item in a resident room. Consequently, integrating beds into room spaces requires a keen eye toward safety, utility and ambience — all in the context of very limited area.
Gathering and using effective resident and family feedback can go far in improving quality of care and services.
Long-term care provides a myriad of vital care options, but with revenue pressures at an all-time high, few are being looked at with such an intense focus as short-term rehabilitation. However lucrative it might be, providers still need to carefully weigh the challenges that come with such care before offering it to customers.
In the stark daylight of healthcare reform, information technology systems are practically useless if all they do is collect bytes of information. When accompanied by good business relationships, they drive reimbursement. The operative attributes of the best IT systems today are accuracy, ability to integrate, timeliness, compliance, security and flexibility.
Few things are more important to long-term care providers than their residents' safety. There's far more to security than just wandering alarms and locked doors. Today's security systems track everything from "life safety" to health and wellness.
It is one of the most common conditions of the elderly in nursing homes, yet one of the easiest to handle poorly. Incontinence can be a frustrating issue for long-term care providers, costing more than $20 billion annually. Experts caution that managing incontinence is more than the right protective undergarments and topical ointments.
Since 1995, negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has used controlled sub-atmospheric pressure to remove fluids and infectious materials from a wound while stimulating the formation of vessels and drawing the wound closed. Yet, like any therapy, it should be used appropriately, with progress documented accurately and thoroughly to maximize reimbursement and minimize liability.
Obtaining capital to keep one's long-term care operation running smoothly and improving is always a challenge. But there are times when an operator should consider going in the other direction — exiting the market. This special article offers expert insight on how to gauge when it's time to sell or consider selling.
Transportation for anyone in a rural or sub-rural setting — especially long-term care providers — can be challenging. More planning and top-notch strategic investments are needed, many observers believe. Industry experts reflect here how to gain efficiencies and obtain suitable vehicles for rural resident transport programs.
Staffing costs dominate budget concerns in many long-term care facilities, yet, ironically, staffing software and management systems do not. The efficiencies gained and the problems averted with appropriate software can mean the difference between success, mediocrity and failure. Experts give their top tips here.
All long-term care nurses and aides need to consider themselves wound care "specialists." It also helps if caregivers can get residents engaged in facets of their own wound care. Experts advise here on some of the best ways to get residents involved effectively.
Lenders are used to dealing with a provider's numbers to determine who gets a loan and who doesn't. But they also want to know there are good people on the provider end, and that includes chief financial officers. Here are some lender tips for how providers can know whether their CFO is a real "keeper."
Done haphazardly, wound care can cost a provider dearly in terms of resident health and liability. From proper initial assessment and ongoing monitoring to 24/7 quality care and treatment, wound care is one of the most important functions for any long-term care operator. Experts advise how to do it well here.
The buoyancy, support and resistance of water offers one of the simplest healing environments. Water therapy can provide a fun yet beneficial way of helping residents maintain flexibility and mobility. So it is no surprise aquatic therapy is taking on a renewed, expanded role in long-term care rehabilitation. But such programs require much more than the presence of a pool and a lifeguard.
Resident safety systems in long-term care facilities have at once seemed to become both simpler and more complex. Their capabilities have certainly expanded, which has opened the door for more opportunities to run into operational challenges. Industry experts advise here on how to avoid potential pitfalls of implementation.
Medical indicators might be only half the battle when it comes to executing a successful incontinence care plan. Another major component is attitude and emotional state. Caregivers need to know how to keep residents' spirits "up" and their own management efforts on track, particularly when dealing with persistent incontinence challenges.
Some of the most costly care in a skilled nursing facility involves wounds and skin breakdown. With so many deep or longstanding wounds in play, long-term care providers have a large stake in how quickly a resident heals, beyond basic professional pride. Experts here offer several recommendations for effective wound care.
A solid piece of caregiving includes transporting residents for safety, entertainment and other reasons. How you execute and promote your transportation options can be the difference between getting new admissions or not. Here, a top provider and a vendor in the transportation business offer advice on how to do it right.
Chronic wounds are a rising challenge for long-term caregivers and, of course, a scourge for residents. They can easily lead to extended stays, costly care and complications that neither caregivers nor residents would prefer to deal with.
A key facet of successfully treating wounds is documenting them appropriately, particularly when it comes hard-to-heal areas. Experts advise here how to put yourself in position for good outcomes—and stay there—using these documentation and tracking tips.
Now that Oct. 1 has passed, the pressure is hardly off when it comes to making the most of the new MDS 3.0 resident assessment tool.
The process of buying an information technology system can be one of the most challenging purchasing experiences for a provider.
Experts offer guidance on how to convince family members, and residents themselves, that a facility's resident safety systems are up to snuff.
Incontinence is one of long-term care's most difficult—and prevalent—challenges to address.
Wound care is one of the most difficult duties for long-term care providers.
Running an efficient, punctual transportation system within a long-term care facility is more difficult than it might first appear.
One of the biggest stories of the year in long-term care will be the conversion to the new minimum data set assessment tool.
When it comes to monitoring residents and enabling calls for assistance, wireless systems have taken hold in the market.
Increasingly, designers are becoming more creative in designing and furnishing living spaces in long-term care facilities.
New information technology products are vital, but they are seldom inexpensive. That makes it critical for providers, who are typically saddled with tight budgets, to learn how to implement new IT products as economically as possible. Experts advise how providers on a tight budget can make the most of what they have.
Incontinence care products and programs require a large portion of a facility's resources. That makes choosing the right ones vital —and taking the right steps to make choices highly crucial.
Because of an ongoing emphasis on pressure ulcer care and prevention, it is no wonder that nursing directors are looking for ways for their staff to become as sharp as possible when it comes to wound care. Although not all aides or nurses can become degree-bearing experts, virtually all can become more authoritative, experts say. The following are some of their top recommendations for building a staff full of wound care "specialists:"