Who doesn't like fresh clean linens and towels? And who isn't put off by stains, odors or other indications that they are not? That's how we all react at home, and it's a critical issue when folks are selecting a long-term care community which will become their new home.
Residents of long-term care facilities expect clean towels and bedding, but likely don't wonder about what goes on behind the scenes — and they shouldn't have to.
Be it a food processing facility, commercial kitchen or freezer storage area, when it comes to flooring for the food service industry, the advantages of urethane cement are many. This is particularly true for long-term care and senior care facilities where cleanliness, cost efficiency and ease of maintenance are paramount.
Why the increasing attention to hip fractures? Is it that they are major traumatic events? Or that they are the most frequent fracture resulting from falls in long-term care settings? Or that around 350,000 occur in the U.S. every year? Or is it that the number is growing despite all the attention given to fall prevention over the past several decades?
In today's challenging business environment where providers are expected to do more with less, it's the ideal time to evaluate all of your major cost centers. In the non-payroll category, two of the biggest areas of opportunity are in food and medical supplies. To that end, there are a number of things to be considered when looking for ways to save money for your organization.
Hot-water scalding comes when a person accidentally turns on the hot water and the pre-set temperature for the water heater is too high. As an administrator or caregiver at an assisted living facility, you may have seen first-hand what can happen if a senior accidentally turns on water that is too hot. Reducing injury can save both pain and suffering of residents and help facilities avoid potential litigation.
Long-term care facilities need to ensure that residents, staff and visitors have appropriate lighting in parking facilities and high traffic areas for wayfinding, safety and visual comfort.
While it cannot be denied that hard surface flooring is likely to last longer than carpeting, there are studies that question if it is actually easier and more cost effective to maintain. Carpeting may actually be the greener choice after all.
This year, it is the day after Halloween that might be scary. On November 1, prescribers, pharmacies and facilities in the long-term-care industry must cease the transmission of electronic medication orders via the HL7 and e-fax methods that predominate today.
Linen loss is widespread and expensive, costing the healthcare industry $840 million a year. Linen loss is a part of business for many, but it doesn't have to be.
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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