The Daily Editors' Blog

'Omni-mom' Barbara Bush gives providers a gift

'Omni-mom' Barbara Bush gives providers a gift

The tributes to former First Lady Barbara Bush will wash over the media landscape for at least a few news cycles, as well they should. But then, unfortunately, the world will go back to its twisted ways and the airwaves will be dominated by tantrums, tweets and twits.

Will the new mantra for nursing home operators be 'quality over quantity'? Yes and no

Will the new mantra for nursing home operators be 'quality over quantity'? Yes and no

A new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation confirms a shift that most skilled care operators can relate to. While resident occupancy levels continue to bottom out, the new arrivals are in worse shape than ever.

Job well done, Grosso has eye out for next adventure

Job well done, Grosso has eye out for next adventure

Frank Grosso has done a lot in his 67 years. But he's not done. That much he wants to make abundantly clear.

Bold moves that won't do long-term care any favors

Bold moves that won't do long-term care any favors

By most accounts, the election of Donald J. Trump as our 45th President has been great news for long-term care operators. But amid various success stories, a serious misstep may be in the works.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Don't let them down

Don't let them down

The next time you feel like pulling out your hair if "just one more person puts on that call light," remember that, as nurses, we're No. 1 in the hearts and minds of the public out there.

Ah, spring (cleaning time!)

Ah, spring (cleaning time!)

Sometimes we get so stuck in the mud of winter, get so despondent that we forget that spring is right around the corner. Of course, I am talking metaphorically. Often, we forget that we can make changes — heck, even be the change.

Guest blogs

Lessons from the Hill: Can Lil' ol' me make a difference? You bet.

Lessons from the Hill: Can Lil' ol' me make a difference? You bet.

With almost 15 years' experience in grassroots advocacy, working for causes from cancer to Alzheimer's prior to my current focus on aging services, has me convinced: Each and any one of us can have an impact without leaving our home turf.

Fulfilling needs to support purposeful living

Fulfilling needs to support purposeful living

To move from providing only the most basic of needs (shelter, safety and physiological support), providers need to understand how optimizing their engagement strategy can move their residents up on Maslow's pyramid.

Things I Think

Selling positivity

Selling positivity

"It's! a! great! day! at Generic Storage Place! (not its real name)" he exuberated. "How can I help you!?!" I thought it was probably a one-time sales charade, but he turned out to be the same in person.

Gideon was wrong

Gideon was wrong

For every long-term care staff member who wolfs meals at your desk while multitasking on important care-related duties, this is my fervent hope and prayer: that the gruesome and disturbing story I'm about to relate will serve as a cautionary warning.

The World According to Dr. El

The importance of leadership in creating good deaths in LTC

The importance of leadership in creating good deaths in LTC

In one of the more disturbing encounters I've had in long-term care — in a 5-Star deficiency-free nursing home — I offered my condolences to an aide on the loss of a resident she'd cared for over a period of two years. I never expected the response I got.

Using technology to improve care, reduce costs

Using technology to improve care, reduce costs

At Maimonides Medical Center, 24 frail older adults were taught to use laptops so that they could manage their health information from home. The technology facilitated communication between patients and providers and improved the quality of life of participants.