Pleasant surprises can be a surefire way to cut the monotony. “Leveraging opportunities to add a little joy to the resident’s day would make the time spent more meaningful and positively anticipated by staff and residents,” says Allison Boulware, RN, manager, national account nurse liaison for Guardian Pharmacy Services. The answer? “We should be actively…
Nursing homes are in a constant state of war with stubborn pathogens. Diligently staying clean while contending with the latest infection control rules is no picnic. Every day, staff are confronted with a myriad of decisions of what to clean and what to toss, and the process that got them there is ever fraught with…
Common spaces in long-term care communities have received renewed interest in recent years, being viewed in some design circles as the “heart,” or core, of senior communities. This holds true even in the most clinical of all long-term care settings.
Patient monitoring provides benchmarks around which a resident’s care plans are built. But careful considerations must be made regarding continual monitoring practices, as well as where and when monitoring should be conducted, as our experts discuss.
Many efforts to implement best practices in healthcare settings concede one fundamental universal truth: Successful change doesn’t happen in a vacuum. When it comes to implementing infection control procedures that minimize adverse events and maximize survey results, a multidisciplinary approach can be powerful.
As adverse drug events and medication errors are more often linked as a major culprit for costly rehospitalizations, some inside long-term care are beginning to see their consultant pharmacist as a vital resource on broader issues.
Few issues can throw a senior care provider off center more than the unexpected retirement of a valued nursing director, the loss of a beloved nursing aide to an outside employer, or a series of futile efforts to attract talent.