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Musings of a gay nursing home resident

I am a 70-year-old openly gay male who has been living at Central Island Healthcare in Plainview, NY for five years now. As we move through June, which is Gay Pride Month, I was hoping to share my personal experience as an openly gay nursing home resident.

Supporting safety and security

I wrote two weeks ago about Maslow’s hierarchy, its relation to caregiving, and the benefit of aiming to achieve an esteem level belonging with the care you provide allowing individuals to feel fully respected. As a refresher, our needs are built across tiers of sorts, each tier must be met before an individual can progress…

Dr. Robert Figlerski, Team Health

How to prepare for trauma-informed care

Most of us go about our daily routine with a sense of relative safety and security. That feeling of well-being can be quickly shattered by a traumatic event — the kind of unexpected, life-altering occurrence that we are accustomed to watching on the news. Unfortunately, traumatic events are not unusual. One estimate places a person’s…

P is for ’possum

After receiving a flash of unexpected insight straight from the universe, I can finally say definitively: The P in PDPM is for ’possum. And, yes, there’s a story to tell.

How to minimize disputes in SNFs

At first glance the headline strained the bonds of credulity. But there it was, earlier this year, above a story about an 86-year-old and a 79-year-old brawling over a chair before a bingo game in the Canadian nursing home where they resided. According to the account, others joined in, escalating the incident to the point…

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