Yes, the fundamental secret sauce for success is incredibly engaged employees who feel an emotional connection and commitment to their work and to their organization
There are many areas within long-term care facilities that are at risk for pest infestation. In fact, many of the amenities and services offered to make patients and residents more comfortable are also havens for pests.
What skilled nursing facilities should consider as they search for telemedicine solutions
The senior living industry is hungry for modernization and improvement. Creativity, innovation and relationships are the key to bringing down some hard-to-tackle issues innate to the present backdrop of senior living.
By identifying the unique needs of veterans coping with life-limiting illness, caregivers and administrators can guide these men and women toward a more peaceful ending.
Everyone in the senior living industry has heard it before: Medical advancements are leading to residents living longer now than ever before.
The good news is that QAPI isn't entirely new, even though the emphasis from CMS and the surveyors is different.
Hospice care and palliative care are two beneficial options that all patients have for end-of-life care. When a patient is best suited for end-of-life care, the first step is having a conversation with the dying patient, a sensitive act that can be very difficult for the patient and their families.
Imagine that you're working full time, and in the middle of a 24-month MBA program that requires monthly out-of-state travel, your CEO challenges you to join him in becoming a certified nurse assistant as well.
Leaders have an incredible opportunity to influence and strengthen employee engagement.
Whether you're a nurse or the owner of a LTC center, you're certainly aware of the impact of prescription drugs on your clients.
Since legionellosis is almost exclusively contracted via inhalation of the bacteria in droplets of water, fixtures that aerosolize water pose the highest risk.
A community cannot simply use a non-drug intervention and anticipate immediate results and a person-centered status.
The decision to transition a family member into long-term care is never an easy one. It should be no surprise that one of the most important considerations is whether or not the residence matches the comforts and standards of living that the loved one is accustomed to.
It is not often that we think of Legionnaires' disease, the form of pneumonia brought on by inhaling aerosolized water containing L pneumophila bacteria. But when the illness rears its ugly head, the results can be disastrous for those exposed.
When a facility invests in a high-end modality, on-going training and programming around this equipment is vital.
In addition to the significant financial and regulatory changes expected to affect senior living in 2018, Health Dimensions Group anticipates major shifts in the industry as operators meet the demands of a growing senior population.
Clostridium difficile infection is the leading cause of gastroenteritis-associated death and has become the most common cause of health care-associated infections in US hospitals.
A University of California San Francisco study found that 43 percent of older adults reported feeling lonely. The same study found that those adults had a greater risk of health decline or death, highlighting the critical link between loneliness and health.
There is no crystal ball to show what challenges and changes 2018 will bring to the post-care and senior care industry.
The holiday season is a festive time when we gather with family and friends to celebrate life, enjoy each other's company, and take stock of the year that's ending while looking ahead with optimism and anticipation to the year that's about to begin.
Like so many other advances, the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement mandate from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is both a blessing and a curse for nursing homes.
As the CMS Rules of Participation continue to roll out, providers are required to promote resident agency in making their own daily decisions and to understand their unique so that a more person-centered perspective can be realized.
Do you remember the movie Field of Dreams? I loved that movie! It had charm, mystery, sentimentality, and a real feel-good ending.
Almost 15.7 million Americans are diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a chronic respiratory illness with multiple disabling symptoms that impact quality of life.
Roughly 20 million people struggle with chronic tinnitus, while 2 million have extreme and debilitating cases.
A well-executed financial and operational assessment can change the culture of a facility from one of blame to one of cooperation, improve system and process efficiency, increase occupancy and reimbursements, decrease costs, and turn a surviving organization into a growing and thriving one.
You have been in your senior care executive director position in a well respected senior care company for a year or two.
There are no substitutes for an indoor therapy pool's benefits of relaxing buoyant freedom of movement, soothing warmth and hydrostatic pressure pain relief. However, some therapy pool environments fall short.
Most organizations recognize that access to motorized devices will improve the mobility of many of their residents, prolong their independence in some cases, and in general, improve their access to services and activities.
Occupancy in skilled nursing facilities has been experiencing a downward trend as of late. According to a report by the National Investment Center for Senior Housing & Care, it might not just be a seasonal shift.
Hospital readmissions have become one of the top business metrics in senior care. An area often overlooked is the correlation between person-centered care and the reduction of rehospitalizations for older adults
Your employees talk about you. They talk to their colleagues, friends and family about your leadership and what it's like to work in your organization.
We all know the importance of having vitals measurements automatically downloaded to an EMR system.
The weather is cooling down, and that means rodents are looking for their own long-term care facilities. Across the country, rats and mice are searching for warm places to spend the winter, and your long-term care facility potentially has everything they need to live to a ripe old age.
Coining the "Call for Heroes" campaign, Geri-Care is honoring one veteran a month with an event to commemorate their heroic actions.
Nobody likes change. If we all had a dollar every time we heard someone in our workplace say "but this is the way we've always done it" we'd all be independently wealthy.
I've been amazed at the dedication and passion of so many in senior living.
As the seniors housing market continues to grow and attract record levels of new investment, lenders are taking an ever-closer look of the deals they finance — and the partners and operators they work with.
Digitization can save your facility time, money, and valuable resident opinions.
RCS-1 is a complete rewrite of therapy reimbursement rules, and will require therapy providers to make significant operational changes in order to maintain healthy businesses.
A solution should have strong reporting and records retention within its platform to ensure compliant contact management over time.
Thankfully, the practice of using physical restraints for older adults living with dementia has largely been relegated to the past.
In my previous blog post, I covered the regulatory requirements for Antibiotic Stewardship Programs set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and briefly discussed in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Core Elements for Antibiotic Stewardship in the Nursing Home.
Job interviews are tricky things. You want to come across as confident without being arrogant, humble without being timid, and capable without being perceived as overqualified.
This is a pivotal moment for the entire sector. With reforms pending, decision makers at skilled nursing facilities specifically, are faced with trying to understand how to address and prepare for upcoming changes in a way that empowers them, enables them, and helps them to remain profitable - without compromises to care or to quality.
Outcomes and projected trends in the senior living space historically have been shaped by opinion based on years of experience and what has proven successful.
The goal of this exercise is to ensure that your espoused employer brand accurately reflects your culture and values.
As he spoke, his words miraculously showed up on the screen for all to see. You had to strain to pick up his words with your ears, but it was easy to see the words showing up accurately for the 500+ folks in the crowd.
Bundled payments represent one of the biggest opportunities to reform the healthcare system.
No matter what other issues you may be dealing with on any given day, nothing is more important than the safety and wellbeing of residents living in senior facilities.
As technology services improve in mainstream society, it's critical that long-term care providers ensure their residents aren't left behind.
An observational study in a LTC facility examined the degree of inappropriate glove use among certified nursing assistants (CNA) when helping residents with bathing or toileting activities.
In order to better understand how this evolution is impacting operators, and talk about the role that we play as lenders, I recently had a discussion with one of our long-term clients, Naveed Hakim, CFO of Plum Healthcare.
It is no secret that cancer treatments—or even the cancer itself—can have a negative effect on patients' appetites, often making mealtime an everyday struggle.
This spring, Relias Learning embarked on one of its most ambitious undertakings in putting together the second edition of its State of Staff Development and Training report.
The activities department in senior care communities plays an essential role in the well-being of older adults. It is often the only source of engagement, providing basic socialization opportunities, that can protect against the negative impact of loneliness and isolation on physical and mental well-being.
In the simplest sense, a successful leader is one that gets other people to do things, to do those things well, and to enjoy doing them.
With Resident Classification System, Version I (RCS-1), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is considering significant changes to the reimbursement model for therapy.
Navigating complex compliance laws can be time consuming and it is often confusing.
When completing an AD, the patient should consider what is most important, asking such questions as "Who can make medical decisions with the physician if I am unable?
Clarify your own sense of purpose. What aspects of your work provide meaning for you?
To comply with these new CMS regulations, nursing facilities must adopt an Antibiotic Stewardship Program in conjunction with an Infection Prevention and Control Program, which includes antibiotic use protocols and a system for monitoring antibiotic use, by November 28, 2017.
Facilities are mandated to have either a full time RD (Registered Dietitian) certified by the commission (or licensed by the state), or employ a certified dietary manager with a consulting dietitian.
Expected to meet the highest level of hygiene and sanitation, long-term care facilities are held to strict standards during their annual survey. As you prepare, it's important not to overlook pest management.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' testing of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative has been largely successful.
Like most teenagers of my era, I spent my summers working. I didn't have to look for a job - I was lucky enough to work for my family's pharmacy business.
Labs servicing the SNF and AL populations are already the last line of defense in geriatric healthcare, and a drastic cut to the Medicare CLFS will create a hole that cannot be filled. A
Six seconds. That's all the attention your resume will get from a hiring manager before they put it in the "no, thanks" versus the "deserves-a-closer-look" pile.
If the oral health of your LTC clients is reflective of national trends, they are probably facing challenges that can be causing daily pain, discomfort, difficulty eating or be lending themselves to systemic diseases such as aspiration pneumonia and diabetes—both major concerns for LTC clients.
As a geriatric pharmacist, helping keep patients safe, improving the quality of their care and reducing the risk of hospitalizations has been my professional motivation for almost 27 years.
Many skilled nursing and long-term care providers face uncertainty stemming from the heated debates over repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the fate of the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
Although it is described as "one of society's greatest achievements," with the aging population, cancer incidence is expected to accelerate rapidly, as 50% of cancer occurs within this age group.
Their dependence on others leaves nursing home residents at greater risk of abuse or exploitation.
Imagine you're walking down a path in the woods. Up ahead, you see something in the middle of the trail. Is it a snake? Maybe it's just a stick. Your brain sends you signals to beware.
With the prevalence of multiple chronic conditions rising to three in four of those aged 65 and older, we face a ballooning number of people within the largest category of total Medicare spend - those requiring costly, ongoing medical care.
How you go about complying with the June 2 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services "requirement to reduce Legionella risk in healthcare facility water systems to prevent cases and outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease" could have a major impact on your facility—and possibly your job.
Working with a HIE, having a strong data governance structure and optimizing your EMR improves your overall capabilities while improving the flexibility of your organization.
Each for different reasons, many skilled nursing and long-term care providers are looking at building short-term rehab or converting long-term care environments into short-term rehab wings. The logical question that follows is how different are these two settings in a physical sense?
Value-based contract negotiations between payer and provider teams can be nuanced and cover multiple types of providers, procedures, metrics, and in many instances locations, in one contract.
Readmissions continue to be a barometer of patient engagement and value-based care for the nation's health systems.
In the current corporate climate, searching for new talent can be expensive, time-consuming and ultimately unproductive if the right candidate cannot be found.
EMR vendors that are providing cloud-based products and services to long-term care providers are required by law to maintain the confidentiality, integrity and availability of protected health information.
In the previous two articles of this three-part series, I have endeavored to make the case for interoperability with clong-term care owner-operators - from the basics of what it is and why it's so important, to the risks and rewards of taking action now, rather than later.
An Accenture study shows that 73%of healthcare executives believe IoT is poised to create disruptive change within the next generation. Long-term care is one area that has already been touched by the digital healthcare revolution.
Earlier this spring, I had the honor of being named one of the National Manufacturing Institute's 130 STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead award recipients.
At a time when Medicare and Medicaid funding has becoming increasingly uncertain, it is important for providers to find cost-effective strategies for managing expenses while simultaneously increasing well-being and quality of life for their residents and staff.
As the senior living housing market continues to expand and competition heats up, a strategic team effort has never been more important to achieve greater operational efficiencies, improved resident satisfaction and increased revenues.
A colleague recently forwarded an email she'd received from a woman whose mother was in memory care.
We have created a system to offer visibility to help providers see denied claims, an enhanced workflow for staff to act quickly, and reporting to adjust processing based on payer and reason code.
In our continually evolving healthcare landscape, data analytics is key to growing and sustaining a successful long-term post-acute care organization.
Nurses spend each shift taking care of patients because they love what they do — they're passionate people, but are nurses being cared for?
As the healthcare industry strives to achieve the Triple Aim, those organizations and coalitions who are holding themselves accountable for the most seriously ill patients undoubtedly face some of the most prodigious challenges.
Improving hand hygiene among healthcare workers is the single most important intervention in reducing the spread of infection.
Mary Haynes was confronting a serious threat to her organization.
In 2015, the housekeeping and infection control team at Ovation Communities in Milwaukee, WI, were introduced to a new member of the team: a 3 ½-foot robot named Nikki—a word that means "to clean" in Hebrew.
My previous article in this series made the case for interoperability in long-term care and how it has become an essential data communications foundation for so many critical clinical and financial decisions facing owner-operators today.
For the past two years, healthcare data breaches have been skyrocketing.
At its core, the act of hiring a person to perform a job is considered an economic transaction.