The Daily Editors' Blog
I've wanted to write a follow-up blog ever since a late June news story in the Daily Update. In my opinion, there has been no better example of a useful article for long-term care providers anywhere, before or since.
We often hear that ageism is one of the barriers facing long-term care residents these days. Turns out it's a barrier many employees may be up against as well.
It was the teddy bear that first grabbed my attention.
While so much talk has been about ProMedica's daring venture into long-term care, it seems a lot has been overlooked about the former No. 1 nursing home chain in the country that it has partnered with.
The Real Nurse Jackie
An ode to nursing assessments and all they entail.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love teaching. And while it is one of my greatest pleasures on Earth, it is also one of my greatest frustrations.
Over time and with specialization your work focus can become narrowed. You can even convince yourself that healthcare has progressed to the point of thinking we are doing a remarkable job. But being on the other side with my father has taught me how far we have to go.
Outdated operating models - solely meeting the basic needs of patients - does not bode well for SNF operators to survive.
Things I Think
Did you know we're experiencing a global sand shortage right now? Please don't panic, however. This only affects long-term care if your existing properties or future projects require glass or concrete, or if you use computers or one of those new, hand-held phone things.
It sits on the facility reception desk, blinking bright purple as I approach, but somehow escapes my initial notice. After all, I have so very many things — urgent things, funny things, deeply profound things, I'm sure — that desperately need to be shared with that person wearing the headset.
The World According to Dr. El
After writing about turnover in my last column, I wondered what might happen if high marks were also awarded to facilities for strong staff retention, which has been positively correlated with better care. From there, I began to imagine an entire rating system based on my view of long-term care. Quality of life, not necessarily care, would be rewarded.
I once rode down a crowded afternoon elevator with the CEO of a managed care company. "It must be 5:01," he commented wryly. I heard a measure of scorn for his employees' lack of dedication to the job. What I saw was a group of people fleeing from utterly uninspiring and unappreciated work.