Randy Beckett, Author at McKnight's Long Term Care News

Randy Beckett

Randy Beckett, VP of geriatric services at Encounter Telehealth, is a board-certified adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner.

Most recent articles by Randy Beckett

Let’s celebrate Mental Health Month and Nurses Month

Mental Health Month and National Nurses Month are coinciding this May, and at a very appropriate time. Nurses and other healthcare workers are making enormous sacrifices during the COVID-19 pandemic, including their mental health. Encounter Telepsychiatry, a division of Encounter Telehealth LLC, partners with senior care facilities across the country. We have seen, firsthand, the…

Loneliness in long-term care: a ‘sad affair’

The Carpenters’ 1976 hit song “Superstar” got it right: loneliness is such a sad affair. This is especially true for many people living in long-term care facilities. We now know that loneliness is not just sad, however; it is, in fact, deadly.  Loneliness describes a person’s perceived amount of social interaction. We experience loneliness when…

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GDRs, antipsychotics and PRNs, Oh My!

With off-label antipsychotic use dangerously high in U.S. nursing homes as reported by Human Rights Watch, a question undoubtedly on the tip of everyone’s tongue is “How do we fix this?” We all know the scenarios. We’ve seen them happen. How do we handle them?

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