Promote your connections

One of the things that most brightens my workday is when I see long-term care residents hanging out together.

The "last day" protocol

I waited outside the room until the rehab therapists finished talking to Jim, who'd been admitted to the nursing home the night before.

The violent workplace

It's impossible to prevent all tragic events at a long-term care facility, especially those involving an armed assailant entering the building despite an order of protection against him like in Ohio last week, but there are ways to reduce the likelihood of workplace violence.

Opening the door for ombudsmen

I can imagine from an administrator's point of view that an unexpected interruption from an ombudsman complaining about problems is not exactly a welcome visit, but perhaps there's a way to shift the relationship to mutual advantage rather than keeping an office door closed.

Insights on family-friendly care from Dr. El — the daughter of a new resident

Due to a series of unfortunate events, both of my previously independent parents were recently injured over the course of five weeks. Here are some thoughts from someone who's seen the long-term care world from both sides now.

On power, teamwork and communication

Having enough of it at work, I tend to avoid drama in my entertainment choices unless it involves aliens or post-apocalyptic nonsense. My family and I are currently enjoying the creative spectacle of Project Runway "Teams" version from a few seasons ago.

Enthusiasm and ingenious inventions at the NYC Aging2.0 Global Startup Pitch Event

Moving beyond the development of medical products for seniors, Aging2.0 seeks to facilitate collaborations between senior care providers and entrepreneurs to create products and services that can be integrated into their businesses.

Remember to breathe

In order to better face whatever is ahead — and to avoid causing panic in those around us — we can make an effort to be serene and centered. Below are some tried and true calming techniques to help you remain levelheaded despite unnerving times.

Join me for the 'Relaxed Lane' challenge!

Denise B. Scott, president of Drive Consulting, posted an intriguing story on LinkedIn the other day about a Scottish supermarket that partners with Alzheimer Scotland to help those with memory loss. The concept is so simple, easy and kind that I decided to ask my local supermarket if they'd join in.

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.