Many care workers are skeptical of new technologies, and often rightly so. Based on my experiences working with organizations implementing EHRs and other healthcare systems, I have observed that the lack of a good user interface design slows down the time to success.
Integrated Pest Management relies on chemical treatments only as a last result. If chemical treatments are needed, non-volatile and least toxic formulations are used only in precision targeted areas. This is ideal for healthcare facilities, which often have guests and patients with weakened immune systems.
We made the decision to invest in a robust aquatics program. Many of our facilities offer therapy pools with integrated underwater treadmills and resistance jets.
Since "touchless" faucets became widely available in the late 1980s, they were believed to be an effective tool for combating the spread of infections. But a 2011 study published by Johns Hopkins University has raised questions.
Today's growing concerns surrounding infectious risks such as Ebola, EVD-68, and flu are excellent examples of why proactive horizontal approaches to infection prevention and implementing proven prevention practices on a daily basis are so important, because the reality is that long-term care facilities and the populations they serve are at inherently increased risk of infection.
As we look to the third driver, the "in the moment" patient feedback, I want to start by looking at the patient experience and understanding that it is an interaction between an organization and a patient, and is defined by the perceptions of each patient. It encompasses both our performance as trusted healthcare providers and the perceptions, feelings, emotions and senses of our patients.
In any foodservice operation, washing dishes is a necessary routine which does not get a lot of attention. Yet guests — in long-term care communities as in restaurants— consistently rate cleanliness of tableware as highly as they rank food quality and taste.
One of the greatest challenges facing family members of long-term care residents is staying informed about the care their loved ones are receiving. Caregivers are committed to enhancing care, yet with a lack of communication, family members may jump to an erroneous, negative conclusion and relationships between them and LTC providers become strained.
Hospitals have a large financial incentive to ensure care plans are followed, as readmission penalties can cost millions of dollars. These large institutions often deploy multiple teams just to make outbound calls to discharged patients to ensure that their care plans are understood.
Most falls occur when residents are in their own rooms unattended, performing tasks such as getting in and out of bed.
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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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.
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