Correcting long-term care's image problem

Long-term care has an image problem. For a variety of reasons, we aren't associated with good times. There are things we can do to turn this around, though, starting with the perceptions of our residents.

10 ways to incorporate mood-boosting exercise into LTC

Cold weather. An uncertain world. Rogue shrinks making the rest of us caring, diligent professionals look bad. I don't know about you, but I need a mood lifter.

A 'novel-la' way to educate families about dementia

It's easy to become overwhelmed and to have the information presented by a medical professional blur so that it sounds like a Charlie Brown cartoon teacher declaring, "Wa wa wa wa, wa wa wa wa wa wa." I recently learned of a promising program to teach families — particularly Hispanic families — about dementia.

Successful New Year's resolutions, LTC-style

Rather than resolve to do more than I can possibly accomplish, I prefer to view the beginning of the year as a time to examine the course I've been on and to make corrections as needed.

Enhancing the value of LTC by making family visits more rewarding

Many relatives have no idea how to best engage with their loved one in long-term care. When care providers accept the role of teachers, we can add great value to our services and enhance the experiences of the families who come to us for assistance.

New LTC resources from some of the best

Over the past year, I've been involved with several exciting long-term care-related projects that I can now tell you about. In the spirit of the season, I wanted to spread some good cheer with them, and also offer a gift.

6 steps to manage post-election reactions in LTC

The 2016 presidential election has revealed a deep rift in our country, and quite possibly in our long-term care facilities as well.

Suicide prevention in older adults

In preparing for a webinar on suicide prevention, I came across startling statistics about suicide rates among older adults. Despite the concern we often hear about teen suicide, the rate for elders is even higher.

Playing the LTC lottery

After reading a recent New York Times Opinion piece about the uses of lotteries to solve social problems, I began contemplating their potential application to long-term care. An element of fun might be a welcome addition to what's typically a very serious business.

3 surprising reasons to strengthen your resident council

Forget about worries of them eating up staff time or triggering something bad on surveys, resident councils can be awesome for your facility and here's why.