Here's how yesterday felt in my endless pursuit of long-term care-related service and perfection. As challenges multiplied, I'm pretty sure I was strapped inside an old wooden pickle barrel, pushed into the middle of the raging Niagara River and carried over the falls.
A lack of necessary authority and problems with management are contributing to nurses' high levels of stress, according to recently released survey results.
In my recent post, "Stuff I won't do for residents and why your staff shouldn't either," I wrote about the need for individual workers to set appropriate boundaries around caregiving in order to retain the ability to give without burning out. In this article, I examine more closely the symptoms of burnout and ways facilities can reduce its likelihood — which is particularly important given the link between burnout and turnover.
A lack of necessary authority and struggles with management are among multiple factors contributing to nurses' high levels of stress, according to recently released survey results.
Stress is hurting the job performance of a huge number of people in this country — and long-term care workers are among those at greatest risk. At least, this was suggested by poll results released Monday. The findings indicate that facilities would be smart to proactively help staff manage their stress. Here are four strategies to consider.
Japanese gardens inside nursing homes could benefit late-stage Alzheimer's residents, researchers findJuly 08, 2014
Individuals with advanced dementia had better behavior after viewing a Japanese garden in a nursing home, researchers find.
In my conversations with hundreds of long-term care residents over the years, I've found money to be an almost universally sore subject among them. Financial concerns continue to be a stressor for our residents even though they're living in the mostly money-free society of LTC. With some adjustments we can — and should — reduce our residents' financial distress.
I'm a big advocate of taking small steps in the direction of change. Perhaps your organization isn't in the position of being able to upgrade the health insurance package or to install an onsite gymnasium for staff members. But here are some manageable actions along the road to creating a psychologically healthy workplace.
Being a leader in the long-term care field is no panacea these days. Rank may have privilege, but it also brings with it a wide range of headache-inducing responsibilities.
I'm fascinated with long-term care topics that at first blush might seem to be speaking to residents, but upon closer reflection are personally even more interesting to long-term care workers or others.
Nurses continue to experience stress at higher rates than most other groups, according to the American Holistic Nurses Association. OK, so we know nurses get stressed — just walk into any nursing home or hospital and look around —but let's break this down.
The prevalence of depression is common among low-wage nursing home workers — who also experience higher levels of stress than other workers — a new Harvard study finds.
Individuals with high medical costs - particularly those participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs - could improve their health and save the government money by practicing transcendental meditation, a new study reports.
A private company with a website focused on family caregivers released survey results Thursday. They detailed how stressful caregiving can be for loved ones. Financial and emotional stress pound these people.