I lost one of my two mothers-in-law last Monday, five weeks after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Audrey had filled a hole in my life left after the death of my beloved great-aunt many years ago.
Rebecca Priest, LNHA, LMSW, is presiding over one of the most exciting changes in long-term care to come down the pike since, well, Green Houses.
There are benefits to breaking down silos between public and private aging services.
Long-term care providers have an opportunity to thrive with value-based care, escape cynicism and join the growing wave successful at avoiding readmissions.
Residents arrive at our doors, with sleep likely harmed by illness and pain, and changes in circadian rhythms. While we can't alter some of these factors, as care providers we can become more attuned to the importance of sleep for our residents and train our teams to create environments that are more conducive to slumber.
Both of my mothers-in-law live in long-term care communities in Florida. One lives in a place that was excellent about how they communicated with family members before, during and after Hurricane Irma. The other's facility handled that aspect of care poorly.
I often speak with healthcare groups, giving psychological insights about a variety of issues within long-term care. After pondering the discrepancy in reactions, I adjusted my talks accordingly and came to this conclusion: Healthcare executives and managers are very different from those they manage.
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By now it's likely that you, your staff, the residents and their families have seen the incredibly disturbing photo of assisted living residents in Dickinson, TX, sitting in waist-high floodwaters. That image and others of the flood are undoubtedly causing concern in your community.
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Speedy assistance should be the norm when falls occur, but the reality is that it's frequently a rarity. The staff is often stretched too thin. What can be done, aside from ensuring adequate staffing, is to reduce residents' anxiety, frustration and impatience.
Playwrights continue to do long-term care no favors, so providers need to continue to share stories of the good work they're doing. It's the way to help create a more realistic picture of LTC and the value we bring to people's lives.