A number of REITs are acquiring foreign assets as a way to grow, further diversify their investments and expand their international presence and pipeline for new opportunities. While this trend is fairly new, there are important implications to consider on an industry and global scale.
Is your community staying competitive with new changes in resident entertainment? There are ways to use music to increase the happiness of your residents.
Sprawling senior living campuses peppered with multiple storied brick buildings typically have a difficult time maintaining a consistent cell signal from multiple carriers and may not have the bandwidth to meet the needs their own point-to-point systems installed over time, including the patient care and medical records systems, the credit card machines in the cafeteria and more.
When fall takes full hold and the temperatures dip closer and closer to the freezing mark, the landscape surrounding healthcare facilities changes - and it's not just the falling leaves that are different.
Last spring, I wrote about why senior care reviews are here to stay. I outlined how they are important for senior care providers and made some suggestions on ways you could join the conversation. Since then, more senior care review sites have been launched and families have posted tens of thousands of new reviews.
Mr. Andrews was listless this morning, staring at his food as if he didn't know what to do with it. Normally he eats a big breakfast and jokes with the staff about his ability to eat a lot and not gain weight. He urinated in the bed, something he has never done. His caregivers wonder what could be going on with Mr. Andrews. Is he depressed? He did lose his wife 3 months ago. Is he starting to get dementia?
For patients in a participating ACO, one of the initial improvements for facilities will be the assignment of a care manager to guide and support them through the ACO experience. The care manager may be a Triple Aim committed primary care physician or ACO professional who takes responsibility for coordinating care plans. A key component of the ACO / Triple Aim experience is the demonstration of improved outcomes for each patient and the ACO population as a whole.
Healthcare staffing firms fill a need for administrators, and allow long-term care nurses a chance to travel or pursue their dream job.
Clean living environments are essential to long-term health. The more time we stay in a building, the more impact its environment has on our health. Long-term care residents will spend much of their later life indoors and increasingly the focus is put on making these years as healthy as possible. Green building and good indoor air quality enable residents to maintain respiratory health and reduce their risk of disease. Many long-term care facilities recognize the life-changing correlation between healthy buildings and residents, making the conscious decision to invest in non-toxic building products.
When a resident of a skilled nursing facility has an acute event after hours or on weekends, the on-site nurse will generally call the patient's primary care physician. Over the telephone, the nurse will attempt to describe the resident's condition to his or her physician. Then the physician, in the middle of his Saturday at the zoo with his family, or at 3 a.m. (still trying to wake up), has to make a judgment call about whether the resident needs to go to the hospital.
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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