Many older people have trouble falling asleep and/or getting back to sleep at night, especially when stimulated by bright lights that they turn on in order to navigate to the bathroom or that attendants use during routine nighttime checks.
Eldercare providers need to consider ways to improve outcomes at a lower cost. Collaboration involving staff, patients or residents, and families - along the care continuum - is critical to each provider's success.
Hospital patients often think they can head home immediately. Recently, a hospital patient who needed a total hip replacement was able to use technology to make a post-acute care provider choice and seamlessly transition from hospital faster and with more transparency than was ever before possible.
Many buildings have cut back on cleaning, so those cleaning workers that remain are being asked to do more in less time. The result is that sometimes, usually to save time, workers may very well use the same cloth used to clean toilets to wipe clean - if that's what you can call it - other surfaces, even high-touch surfaces such as faucets.
While most facilities provide some level of dementia care, there is emerging evidence that building a balanced day with customized structure can make a big difference in the quality of care given, while also reducing problematic behaviors with the dementia population.
You've probably heard of slips, trips, fall and sticks, as common hazards in long-term facilities. But what about splashes?
In a recent study, when comparing all the versions of the materials and weights, products made of reusable textiles were found to have the lowest environmental impact throughout the product's life cycle.
Caring for older adults is becoming increasingly important not only to the financial viability of long-term care owners and operators but also to hospitals and health systems. Just a few years ago, senior services were not a priority for hospitals, but because of demographic shifts, and healthcare reform initiatives, this constituency has gotten on the radar of C-suite leadership.
An outbreak of the flu or other communicable disease undermines the confidence that families place in you. It can also impact your operations.
Summer is gone, and fall has arrived. That means cooler temperatures, pretty leaves and a new lineup of holidays.
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?
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