Mobile technology, coupled with a plethora of "apps," is creating amazing opportunities for long-term care residents to connect with the outside world. Getting residents to embrace newer technology, however, can be a challenge. Experts advise how to acquire the right tech that's safe, useful and welcoming.
A Florida nursing home fired one of its nursing assistants in September after she requested help for the facility on Facebook in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
When Community Consolidated School District 93 in Bloomingdale, IL, upgraded its computer hardware, it wanted to know if it could donate 25 laptop computers to Windsor Park, a continuing care retirement community in nearby Carol Stream.
As a long-term caregiver, you get yelled at, told off, put down and dumped on regularly — and that's during good weeks.
Writers are expected to promote their work, especially blog posts like this, virtually any way they can. But I'll admit maybe this one isn't for you. After all, you're likely working in or around the long-term care profession and if that doesn't give reason to complain, I don't know what does.
Make sure staff, family and friends interact on social media. Have family and friends write reviews about their experience. Upload pictures and videos from events and make sure everyone knows about activities going on in the community. With time, residents, family members, staff and even prospects will be tweeting, posting and connecting!
Stress is hurting the job performance of a huge number of people in this country — and long-term care workers are among those at greatest risk. At least, this was suggested by poll results released Monday. The findings indicate that facilities would be smart to proactively help staff manage their stress. Here are four strategies to consider.
A former nursing home worker fired for a Facebook status update has not succeeded in an appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court. The language of the skilled nursing facility's social media policy was an important factor in the ruling handed down Friday, according to local reports.
Technology is changing how we care for seniors, and with the number of seniors in the U.S. expected to double by 2050, entrepreneurs are investing in new technologies designed specifically for the senior population. This trend has the potential to improve the lives of not only seniors, but also those who care for America's aging population as well.
Sometimes in business — and particularly in the long-term care business — it can be useful to see things from a fresh, unexpected perspective.
Social media often is credited with providing a stream of up-to-the-minute news, the latest developments breaking over Twitter or Facebook, and spreading virally in no time flat. But I've found that old stories also sometimes get a second life thanks to social media. Such is the case with a New York Times column from 2011that my friend Cory posted to Facebook this weekend. The column is about what makes a great school principal, but it could just as easily be talking about what makes a great long-term care administrator.
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?
Business owners, including long-term care providers, might find Facebook an asset during a crisis, according to a new study.
Three things we've learned from long-term care news so far this month. Angry Facebook rants can get you into trouble at work. Republican lawmakers would love to defund Obamacare. And nursing home residents are not satisfied with the food or activities. No word yet on whether gravity contributes to falls or pressure to ulcers, but August isn't quite over yet.
A registered nurse's privacy rights were not violated when she was suspended — and later fired for another reason — after an opinionated Facebook post from her was brought to her hospital supervisors' attention, a federal court has ruled.
Someone posted a story I Liked on Facebook about an 85-year old woman who graduated from college and already had a job offer. "She's my new hero!" a Friend commented. That got me thinking about all the resident heroes I meet at work every day. They're the ones who help me along the journey to having the kind of life I can look back on without regrets when I'm in my nursing home room in my senior years.
Some of us could live to be 150.
You may have read that spending time on Facebook has been shown to reduce stress levels but now new research suggests that learning to use Facebook may have the benefit of sharpening of mental abilities on adults over 65. OK, I'm just going to ask: Has anyone out there tried to teach a parent how to use Facebook?
It's not necessarily a bad thing, or a good one either — kind of like Rice-A-Roni or the music of Yanni. But instant customer feedback, and the expectation of immediate response and action is where the Facebook culture is driving us, and long-term care is no exception.
With the unveiling of our new mcknights.com website, we're hoping to make the way you obtain industry knowledge a more enjoyable experience.
Who is this, and what have you done with my father? That's what I wanted to ask the last time my dad came to visit.
The National Labor Relation Board's Acting General Counsel has released a report summarizing a number of recent NLRB decisions involving employers' restrictions on employee use of social media. They provide insight as to how the NLRB is currently reviewing social media issues that impact employee rights.
Nurses should not be afraid to embrace social media for fear of violating patient privacy — rather, they should follow professional standards, according to new guidelines released by the American Nurses Association.
The federal government is challenging technology developers and entrepreneurs to develop a Facebook application aimed at helping healthcare providers, including nursing homes and hospitals, improve their disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
To harness the potential of the burgeoning eldercare market, companies will need to move away from their traditional communications tactics and enter the new age of marketing. I am not necessarily talking about big budgets and large-scale advertising, but rather about innovative communications campaigns.
Did anyone else get a kick out of last week's story about Ivy Bean, the Twitter user who died at the age of 104?