Depression - AND its treatments - are fall risks

Feeling "down" takes on a wicked double-meaning for some seniors. Even conscientious providers could be unaware of it, let alone know what to do about it.

Creating a dialysis-friendly facility

There is much that can be done to improve the quality of life for dialysis patients at your facility and showcase your facility as dialysis-friendly at the same time. Unfortunately, many providers are not doing all they can to help these people, or boost their own business operations, for that matter..

Dr. El tries on the Genworth aging suit

I had a chance the other day to see what it feels like to be 85 years old, thanks to a test drive of the Genworth R70i Aging Experience suit. Talk about being transported to another world. This is a pure empathy builder.

Help for hoarders, and those who care for them

When it comes to dealing with residents who are hoarders, facilities are often caught between a rock and a hard place. Here's how to deal with it.

Clone this woman. Steal this idea.

"Trudy's here!" exclaimed the resident I'd been speaking with, excusing herself for a moment to exchange a few dollars for a bottle of lotion. "She buys me the things I can't get here. She's a real lifesaver." It was a sentiment I heard echoed by many other residents.

Using light to improve sleep, reduce agitation

Research now suggests there may be a solution for residents lacking sleep, experiencing depression or falls, or other certain conditions — and it involves no medication or side effects. The answer could be the use of light.

Upcoming quality initiatives

More quality initiatives are on the horizon for many providers, and they address a wide array of necessary topics. Here are a couple of experts' insights.

'Just a picture of her butt' — an analysis

Wondering how an employee could possibly think posting a photo of a resident's behind to social media would be a reasonable action to take, I contacted a psychologist and social media expert.

Dr. El's subversive guide to culture change

Culture change can be portrayed as many things. One possibility often overlooked is its being a grassroots effort that shifts the dynamics between residents, staff and community, one unit at a time.

'Honest' placebos help without side-effects, expense

Placebos could be a better friend than you realize in the universal quest to reduce the number of medications that elderly patients receive. Don't believe me? Read on. (It won't hurt.)