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Gary Tetz

Just a box

It’s just a box. Not that different from the one that will probably show up on your doorstep or mine today, maybe stuffed with holiday gifts or toilet paper. So why am I feeling a little choked up standing here staring at it?  This wave of sudden emotion makes no sense. Usually I associate a…

The devilish details of vaccine distribution

The development of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine has always been a matter of “when” not “if.”  Significant advances in vaccine development, a coordinated global response and considerable public/private funding provide hope for individuals in long-term care. However, the devil lies in the distribution that began this week in some places. Each state plan…

Managing a bah humbug holiday season

By now many of us have viewed the viral video of residents gleefully shooting soft foam balls at laughing staff members dressed as reindeer dodging through a pine-tree “forest.”  It’s the kind of merriment suitable for the 2020 holidays — one that uses humor and playful defiance to release pent-up frustrations.  Under normal circumstances, spending…

Rehabilitating the nursing home image

Have you ever asked a question, even though the answer is obvious? “Would you like another homemade chocolate chip cookie?” “Do you want to sit where you have a view of the ocean?” Even when the answer is assuredly going to be “no,”  you just can’t help yourself. “Looking forward to your colonoscopy?” “Are you…

Gary Tetz

Moment of truth

Now that vaccines really are imminent and long-term care staff and residents look to be first in line, you’re probably holding your breath, desperately longing for an answer to the most important question of all: What does Gary Tetz think I should do?  That’s completely normal. I’m what the kids call an influencer, so it…

The peculiar puzzle

As we are looking for things to do at home, we’ve returned to the “good ol’ days” of jigsaw puzzles. Of course, my husband and son made fun of me as I spent afternoons working on them only to have the, celebrate like it’s a sporting event when they get a few consecutive pieces to…

Nursing Home Quality Incentive Program? Hardly

Was any federal program ever more misnamed than the “Nursing Home Quality Incentive Program”? Rather than reward nursing home quality, it has effectively rewarded states that have out-of-control COVID-19 community spread. Case in point: In the first round of Nursing Home Quality Incentive Program payments, only $394,274 was distributed to 66 New Hampshire nursing homes,…

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