From the 102-year-old Hulk Hogan fan to the doting, selfless caregivers doing behind-the-scenes work, there are numerous people who inspired me in long-term care this year.
Is it true that during new survey process, surveyors will ask staff nurses and nursing assistants about their competencies, with questions such as, "Do you receive periodic evaluations on your skills, knowledge, and abilities? If so, how often?" "In what areas have you been assessed?" "In what areas do you believe you need more assistance or training?"
Ask a nurse how she consoles patients with difficult diagnoses, stabilizes a critical patient or quickly saves a life. Nurses do these things masterfully, and often. But ask a nurse how she takes care of herself and you might be shocked by what you hear ... or don't hear.
It's no wonder that the latest experiment in shorter, more efficient work days comes out of Europe.
Political correctness is a concept that has been around since the first activists in the University of Wisconsin Madison added it to our language and our thinking. Inevitably, it reached long-term care as an industry.
Long-term care leaders often realize their team members are stressed, but they don't know what to do to encourage them. This can lead to very bad situations.
Singing "Amazing Grace" or playing a ukelele version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" may not immediately spring to mind as ways to help staff members grieve after a resident has died, but they were among the musical tributes healthcare professionals shared during a LeadingAge session Wednesday.
I'm a new unit manager and I see a lack of good customer service. What can I do?
Nursing home residents appreciate caring staff, but workers could do a better job honoring resident wishes, survey findsJanuary 10, 2014
Caring staff members who form close relationships with residents are a strength of long-term care facilities, but workers could more consistently honor residents' choices and privacy, according to recently released focus group data.
There's good news for long-term care facilities trying to hire staff with more education: More than 1 in 10 members of Generation X are taking classes to continue their formal education, according to a new study.
Providers must keep caregiving environments impeccably clean — removing bugs and germs (both seen and unseen) and other threatening elements
Crest announced that Roomstat Systems are available for long-term care customers. The product can be used for multiple purposes, including room status, staff locator, silent paging or as an emergency call system. Multiple configurations available for these electrically-operated signaling stations, according to the firm.
For all the innuendos and images surrounding sex in our society, it's a topic that many long-term caregivers are reluctant to bring up with residents and their family members.
The Northeast just experienced an earthquake and a hurricane all in one week. The storm may have subsided, but it's likely residents and staff will still be facing a whirlwind of emotions. And it's likely that, sooner or later, you will have to deal with a natural disaster or other calamity. Here are some tips on how to handle such situations.
Practicing good manners makes residents feel more comfortable and helps to motivate staff.
A recent article from the group California Watch is "deceptive and a disservice to providers, employees and 300,000 Californians who receive quality, compassionate care at skilled nursing facilities each year," Jim Gomez, president and CEO of the California Association of Health Facilities, said in a written statement.
The purpose of a 2004 California law was to provide nursing homes with additional funding to hire staff and increase wages. Instead, a number of nursing home providers took advantage of it to increase profits and pad their bottom line, according to a recent watchdog group report.