Sacred moments in the therapy gym

I haven't perched in a tree waiting for Bigfoot, or spent a morning with binoculars in a rowboat on Loch Ness. But I recently had a ringside seat for one of those elusive rehab therapy triumphs — the kind I always hear about, but had never personally witnessed.

Would you rather have snakes?

You might think you have problems in your long-term care facility. But ask yourself just one question: Would I rather have snakes?

Garden variety denial

Maybe the real reason some people don't like gardening has little to do with the time and effort required, the proximity to deadly spiders or the pesky dirt under the nails. Maybe it's the way it punctures their denial.

Surefire warning signs that you're living a long-term care nightmare

Have you ever had a long-term care nightmare? Not the waking kind, where some horrifying facility crisis leaves you muttering, "This is a nightmare." I'm talking about a real one, the kind that happens deep in your subconscious mind, while you're asleep in your fluffy-soft bed ...

Mistrial declared in landmark coffee case

"Coffee may heighten Alzheimer's symptoms." That's the scary headline of a recent McKnight's article, and I suspect the readership needle on the web traffic meter is jumping wildly and in the red.

Selling positivity

"It's! a! great! day! at Generic Storage Place! (not its real name)" he exuberated. "How can I help you!?!" I thought it was probably a one-time sales charade, but he turned out to be the same in person.

Gideon was wrong

For every long-term care staff member who wolfs meals at your desk while multitasking on important care-related duties, this is my fervent hope and prayer: that the gruesome and disturbing story I'm about to relate will serve as a cautionary warning.

Awake for a cure

At this point in the search for a cure for Alzheimer's, each glimmer of hope seems to come with a looming cloud of probable disappointment — and the question, "Will I get it someday?" never seems far from our collective consciousness. Or at least from mine

Simply too complicated

Every now and then, I wander innocently and foolishly into a complex long-term care topic that makes my brain hurt. This time, it was managed care.

Charlie's choice

For all you passionate, committed long-term care professionals who chose this career path for only the right reasons, I think I've found your kindred spirit.

Things I Think

Things I Think is written by longtime industry columnist Gary Tetz, who resides in Portland, OR. Since his debut with at the end of a previous century, he has continued to amuse, inform and sometimes befuddle long-term care readers worldwide.