Wandered through the exhibit hall at a senior living conference lately? Technology is meandering fast and furiously into the world of senior living; it's coming from all angles. Thumb through any McKnight's publication, wander aimlessly through the above mentioned trade show exhibits, listen to nursing home pundits talk about the future and it's clear: Technology is everywhere!
"Home" can mean a variety of different places for older adults — a senior living community, a guesthouse belonging to their children, or the same house they've lived in for 20 years. Regardless of where they live, our nation's older adults want more independence and more personalized care.
Nursing homes operate in a difficult environment where they face constant financial pressures. On the revenues side are payers who are always trying to negotiate lower prices and slower payments. On the expenses side are high debt payments coupled with supplier who want to raise prices, and so on.
All the benefits of managed care come with a price.
For most of us, tape is not something we think much about until we need it for something, but a healthcare provider might be surprised by how many considerations go into picking the appropriate tape.
Assisted living communities have always had high turnover rates - generally attributed to the prevalence of non-professional/low paying jobs. Estimates for staff turnover range from a low of 21% to a whopping 135%, with an average of 42%.
As more and more families seem to spread out geographically, what is the best possible solution to have a face-to-face visit with a loved one who is in an assisted living facility when a physical visit isn't possible?
Don't expect one company to complete all of your needs. Before you select your favorite clinical system, talk with suppliers about what accounting systems are already integrated and how these systems can reduce cost and risk
Acute and post-acute providers are increasingly uniting around a shared goal - to lower hospital readmission rates for elderly and other vulnerable patients. Many caregivers and payers agree that readmission rates are unacceptably high.
For those of you that keep up on what's going on in the industry, you probably know that 3M announced that they were exiting the market around 18 months ago. We've stepped in to help customers.
Herrick House team would spend many hours knocking on residents' doors, and on the telephone with residents, families and staff. She found a way to save time and increase communication.
As we approach the winter season, seniors will undoubtedly spend more time indoors, and it is important that they and their homes are prepared.
Many stoma skin barriers require the patient to measure the stoma and cut the barrier material to the appropriate size. If the barrier is the wrong size, it can cause gaps in protection that lead to peristomal skin complication.
Activities and wellness programs can be used as tools to reduce guilty feelings and their effects on family satisfaction. Allowing residents to be decision makers can be one way to improve the long-term care experience.
Innovative healthcare providers are eliminating hidden costs and potentially saving millions by adding affordable, healthcare compliant, patient room entertainment systems
The marketplace has never rewarded companies who fall back on the tried and true, and don't push the envelope - and it won't be any different in the case of senior care and healthcare.
If families, current residents and clients are your No. 1 source of referrals, shouldn't positive communications with them be a high priority?
Long-term care providers know that finding the balance between a clean community and a shrinking budget is tough.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently celebrated a decline in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections[i], incidences of several other types of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) known as 'superbugs' continue to rise.
The Virtual Tour technology in place is now beyond the imagination of just a few years ago. Imagine you are a son, daughter, grandchild, caregiver or other loved one searching for an LTC, ALF, SNF, or other facility but you live 1,000 miles away
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