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Top questions providers should ask their rehab team

Two weeks ago, I came to you with a blog focused on quality. Specifically, “Proposed rule and quality: What your rehab team should know.”  Following this piece, I received the comment below from a reader I know simply as Billy. Most therapists want to provide good quality of care. However, some providers have reduced therapy…

All by myself

When I am nervous about something, I hate being by myself. I want to know what to expect, what’s going to happen next, and most importantly, that there is somebody that’s got my back. I don’t think I am alone here, no pun intended. As a species, we like to be reassured. So why is…

‘Keep it simple’ is just not in our nature

I asked all the leadership at New Choice Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to bring me their department-specific resident assessment tools. They were to leave them on my desk by 5 p.m. When I returned the next day, I got to work picking through the considerable stack of tools and categorizing them into the specific resident…

A CPAP in every room

One thing the pandemic has done is put everything in perspective. When 97.2% of long-term care news over the past 18 months has been about the horrors of COVID-19, it’s a breath of fresh air to instead see a headline about the horrors of obstructive sleep apnea. It’s not good news, of course, just less…

President Biden, tear down this wall

“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.” Thomas Sowell “It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.” Thomas Sowell…

My look: Forever changed by the pandemic?

For my first 20-plus years as a long-term care psychologist, I arrived on the job wearing not just clothes, but outfits. I chose garb that contributed to the sense of “expertness, attractiveness, and trustworthiness” that psychologists were supposed to engender in their patients.  Sometimes I wore pantsuits or dresses, more often skirts or slacks with…

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