If there's one thing I've learned, it's that everything happens for a reason. In my case, life's challenges are apparently meted out by the gods for the sole purpose of entertaining you, the long-term care professional, at the expense of my personal dignity.
For most of his adult life, my dad was an operating engineer for Sears Roebuck & Company. He wore shirts with its name almost non-stop. Such choices might not reveal much. Then again, they could be quite telling
Faceboook turned 10 this week and has essentially changed the way more than a billion people connect with each other via the Internet. But what's to be done when one of those people is an employee who is sharing harmful workplace information?
Working long hours may result in decreased mental health and skipping meals, according to new research. While there has long been an assumed link between workaholism and well-being, there has been a lack of supporting research.
A federal agency is again offering to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to employee background checks for long-term care providers. All direct-care employees could potentially be affected.
'Pay attention: Retention pays' was the title of the latest in a series of free McKnight's webcasts for long-term care professionals. The hour-long event was broadcast live Aug. 28 and is available for a year via the McKnight's online archive. Lead presenters were Shelly Szarek-Skodny, the president and CEO of Legacy Business Partners, and Mark Woodka, the CEO of OnShift Software. They addressed staffing strategies critical for minimizing turnover and retaining good employees, a route to better outcomes, higher occupancy, increased resident satisfaction — and a healthier bottom line.
Just a year and a half later and I was done. Even for two weeks after the fact, I was numb - completely drained of emotion, lethargic, and avoiding interaction with others. Burnout.
When working at a continuing care retirement community, or for that matter any type of organization that services the aging population, one hears the term "Intergenerational programming" from time to time. Most think of it in one of two ways. But there is a third intergenerational program that occurs every day — and it's one that people often don't consider.
I think we might have caught some of you sleeping not long ago. That's the only way I can explain what happened - or should I say what did NOT happen.