Elderly patients face many challenges during their cancer care, and one of the biggest is maintaining good nutritional status.
To improve communication with millennial workers, organizations have to do a better job of understanding their motivation.
With a manufacturing cut-off date quickly approaching for soaps containing triclosan, long-term care facilities currently using them may be unsure of what to do next. Here are three steps they should take.
In the long-term care industry, impeccable sanitation and cleanliness must not only be expected, but also enforced.
A study of 2017 activity indicates that overtime in New England long-term care facilities has increased 60% in the last three years.
Public data brings transparency like a window does, but both often need help to make sense of what they make merely visible.
It's surprising that the type and amount of post-acute care patients receive after discharge partly depends on which hospital provided their acute care.
Although volunteers are an incredible asset to senior care organizations, there are risks associated with having them onsite.
Navigating the tumultuous road of caring for bariatric residents is a challenge faced by many long-term care facilities today. Using the right equipment or technology on the right type of patient will help both the resident and the caregiver and affect the right clinical outcome.
The use of virtual reality can help improve the lives of seniors with mobility problems who require physical rehabilitation and for those residents who are unable to leave the facility.
With engagement technology and compassionate caregivers, older adults have an opportunity to improve their quality of care, socialize with friends and family members and mitigate the risks of depression without the use of medication.
The senior living and care industry is experiencing a renaissance. As baby boomers begin to retire, they are redefining the expectations of aging in America.
Long-term care facility employees have a responsibility to ensure an optimal healthcare environment to enable resident recovery, respite or relief, and environmental cleanliness is crucial to confer a sense of safety and comfort for the residents. Environmental cleanliness is also crucial to long-term care worker retention.
Not all long-term care professionals carry the same understanding of the issues.
From their social and emotional benefits to potential for credits toward Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification, green roofs remain a popular trend in healthcare buildings across the country. However, they also can increase pest pressures, which is a key concern for long-term care facilities.
Consider this truism: Your facility outcomes will never outperform the effectiveness of how your leadership team leads.
Knowing the difference between proactive and reactive maintenance — and doing something about it — will save you resources and energy, increase the lifespan of your facility and its capital equipment. It will also bring more efficiency, reduced downtime/inconvenience and savings.
The use of virtual care technology can help address a forecasted severe workforce gap for long-term care operators by enabling offsite providers to deliver critical care in a more convenient manner to residents.
Unfortunately, residents of care communities are rarely tapped to provide much-needed service. Perhaps we are too busy seeing the things that residents CANNOT do, and fail to see all that they CAN do!
It's well known that cancer patients are prone to losing weight during their treatment, but many people may not realize how weight loss that occurs prior to diagnosis can have a major impact on response to treatment.
Many of the challenges seniors' caregivers face are the result of communication issues since 50% of people over age 75 have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss makes caregiving more challenging for the caregiver, the patient, the family, and other health professionals.
Many of the challenges elders' caregivers face are the result of communication issues — 50% of individuals over age 75 have some degree of hearing loss.
Is it time to take the next step up in your professional life? If so, you may have to look critically at yourself before you look at the job boards.
Fortunately, there is an alternative to opioid use, but it is not considered as often as it should be. Physical therapists see a lot people with injuries or illnesses who are experiencing pain, so we speak from experience when we talk about alternate options.
A customer relationship management (CRM) system is an integral part of the sales process in a successful senior living community. While it has a number of capabilities essential to managing the resident relationship, what happens to residents after the sale has been made?
If your staff fails at customer service and are not helpful or knowledgeable or are unpleasant, your brand and reputation could be badly damaged. Never has this been more true than in our current Facebook, Twitter and social media universe, where viral shaming is a very commonplace and all too real occurrence.
Be prepared to answer the question in the headline in an employee-driven market.
Only 18% of skilled nursing facilities have taken the next step to integrate their electronic health records with a regional or state health information exchange.
With an aging population on the rise in the United States, a great deal of attention is appropriately given to fall-related injuries, fall prevention and fall protection.
Moving is not fun. It's stressful and exhausting, and when everything is finally into your new place, you're left with a world of cardboard, furniture placement that needs adjusting, and an endless to-do list to make the place habitable, much less comfortable.
Without even knowing it, you could be indulging in one of the most common barriers to creating a culture that feels engaging to employees.
I just returned from the AHCA Quality Summit in New Orleans with remnants of powdered sugar in my hair from Café Du Monde — and a revived energy for my role in developing software for post-acute care providers.
Although studies by the CDC have confirmed that the majority of superbug cases occur within the general community, unfortunately, an increased number of diagnosed superbug cases do occur in skilled nursing facilities and hospitals.
There are several ways that operators are driving down costs, but one avenue they're taking is to replace aging components with new technologies. And one simple and effective change is swapping out old light bulbs.
Provider organizations may be tempted to take the recent cue from Washington to retreat from bundled payments and value-based models more broadly, returning more squarely to the traditional fee-for-service model. That would be a mistake.
As a result of changing referral patterns, increasing regulations and myriad of other factors, the current financial environment poses a great threat to some skilled nursing facilities while creating opportunities for others.
One to three million serious infections occur every year in nursing home facilities. Infections include urinary tract infections, diarrheal diseases, antibiotic-resistant staph infections and many more.
The project's goals were significant: to reduce hospitalizations by 16% and emergency department visits by 28%, resulting in an 8.25% reduction in total cost of care. Official results on these specific goals will be available at a later date.
Yes, the fundamental secret sauce for success is incredibly engaged employees who feel an emotional connection and commitment to their work and to their organization
There are many areas within long-term care facilities that are at risk for pest infestation. In fact, many of the amenities and services offered to make patients and residents more comfortable are also havens for pests.
What skilled nursing facilities should consider as they search for telemedicine solutions
The senior living industry is hungry for modernization and improvement. Creativity, innovation and relationships are the key to bringing down some hard-to-tackle issues innate to the present backdrop of senior living.
By identifying the unique needs of veterans coping with life-limiting illness, caregivers and administrators can guide these men and women toward a more peaceful ending.
Everyone in the senior living industry has heard it before: Medical advancements are leading to residents living longer now than ever before.
The good news is that QAPI isn't entirely new, even though the emphasis from CMS and the surveyors is different.
Hospice care and palliative care are two beneficial options that all patients have for end-of-life care. When a patient is best suited for end-of-life care, the first step is having a conversation with the dying patient, a sensitive act that can be very difficult for the patient and their families.
Imagine that you're working full time, and in the middle of a 24-month MBA program that requires monthly out-of-state travel, your CEO challenges you to join him in becoming a certified nurse assistant as well.
Leaders have an incredible opportunity to influence and strengthen employee engagement.
Whether you're a nurse or the owner of a LTC center, you're certainly aware of the impact of prescription drugs on your clients.
Since legionellosis is almost exclusively contracted via inhalation of the bacteria in droplets of water, fixtures that aerosolize water pose the highest risk.
A community cannot simply use a non-drug intervention and anticipate immediate results and a person-centered status.
The decision to transition a family member into long-term care is never an easy one. It should be no surprise that one of the most important considerations is whether or not the residence matches the comforts and standards of living that the loved one is accustomed to.
It is not often that we think of Legionnaires' disease, the form of pneumonia brought on by inhaling aerosolized water containing L pneumophila bacteria. But when the illness rears its ugly head, the results can be disastrous for those exposed.
When a facility invests in a high-end modality, on-going training and programming around this equipment is vital.
In addition to the significant financial and regulatory changes expected to affect senior living in 2018, Health Dimensions Group anticipates major shifts in the industry as operators meet the demands of a growing senior population.
Clostridium difficile infection is the leading cause of gastroenteritis-associated death and has become the most common cause of health care-associated infections in US hospitals.
A University of California San Francisco study found that 43 percent of older adults reported feeling lonely. The same study found that those adults had a greater risk of health decline or death, highlighting the critical link between loneliness and health.
There is no crystal ball to show what challenges and changes 2018 will bring to the post-care and senior care industry.
The holiday season is a festive time when we gather with family and friends to celebrate life, enjoy each other's company, and take stock of the year that's ending while looking ahead with optimism and anticipation to the year that's about to begin.
Like so many other advances, the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement mandate from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is both a blessing and a curse for nursing homes.
As the CMS Rules of Participation continue to roll out, providers are required to promote resident agency in making their own daily decisions and to understand their unique so that a more person-centered perspective can be realized.
Do you remember the movie Field of Dreams? I loved that movie! It had charm, mystery, sentimentality, and a real feel-good ending.
Almost 15.7 million Americans are diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a chronic respiratory illness with multiple disabling symptoms that impact quality of life.
Roughly 20 million people struggle with chronic tinnitus, while 2 million have extreme and debilitating cases.
A well-executed financial and operational assessment can change the culture of a facility from one of blame to one of cooperation, improve system and process efficiency, increase occupancy and reimbursements, decrease costs, and turn a surviving organization into a growing and thriving one.
You have been in your senior care executive director position in a well respected senior care company for a year or two.
There are no substitutes for an indoor therapy pool's benefits of relaxing buoyant freedom of movement, soothing warmth and hydrostatic pressure pain relief. However, some therapy pool environments fall short.
Most organizations recognize that access to motorized devices will improve the mobility of many of their residents, prolong their independence in some cases, and in general, improve their access to services and activities.
Occupancy in skilled nursing facilities has been experiencing a downward trend as of late. According to a report by the National Investment Center for Senior Housing & Care, it might not just be a seasonal shift.
Hospital readmissions have become one of the top business metrics in senior care. An area often overlooked is the correlation between person-centered care and the reduction of rehospitalizations for older adults
Your employees talk about you. They talk to their colleagues, friends and family about your leadership and what it's like to work in your organization.
We all know the importance of having vitals measurements automatically downloaded to an EMR system.
The weather is cooling down, and that means rodents are looking for their own long-term care facilities. Across the country, rats and mice are searching for warm places to spend the winter, and your long-term care facility potentially has everything they need to live to a ripe old age.
Coining the "Call for Heroes" campaign, Geri-Care is honoring one veteran a month with an event to commemorate their heroic actions.
Nobody likes change. If we all had a dollar every time we heard someone in our workplace say "but this is the way we've always done it" we'd all be independently wealthy.
I've been amazed at the dedication and passion of so many in senior living.
As the seniors housing market continues to grow and attract record levels of new investment, lenders are taking an ever-closer look of the deals they finance — and the partners and operators they work with.
Digitization can save your facility time, money, and valuable resident opinions.
RCS-1 is a complete rewrite of therapy reimbursement rules, and will require therapy providers to make significant operational changes in order to maintain healthy businesses.
A solution should have strong reporting and records retention within its platform to ensure compliant contact management over time.
Thankfully, the practice of using physical restraints for older adults living with dementia has largely been relegated to the past.
In my previous blog post, I covered the regulatory requirements for Antibiotic Stewardship Programs set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and briefly discussed in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Core Elements for Antibiotic Stewardship in the Nursing Home.
Job interviews are tricky things. You want to come across as confident without being arrogant, humble without being timid, and capable without being perceived as overqualified.
This is a pivotal moment for the entire sector. With reforms pending, decision makers at skilled nursing facilities specifically, are faced with trying to understand how to address and prepare for upcoming changes in a way that empowers them, enables them, and helps them to remain profitable - without compromises to care or to quality.
Outcomes and projected trends in the senior living space historically have been shaped by opinion based on years of experience and what has proven successful.
The goal of this exercise is to ensure that your espoused employer brand accurately reflects your culture and values.
As he spoke, his words miraculously showed up on the screen for all to see. You had to strain to pick up his words with your ears, but it was easy to see the words showing up accurately for the 500+ folks in the crowd.
Bundled payments represent one of the biggest opportunities to reform the healthcare system.
No matter what other issues you may be dealing with on any given day, nothing is more important than the safety and wellbeing of residents living in senior facilities.
As technology services improve in mainstream society, it's critical that long-term care providers ensure their residents aren't left behind.
An observational study in a LTC facility examined the degree of inappropriate glove use among certified nursing assistants (CNA) when helping residents with bathing or toileting activities.
In order to better understand how this evolution is impacting operators, and talk about the role that we play as lenders, I recently had a discussion with one of our long-term clients, Naveed Hakim, CFO of Plum Healthcare.
It is no secret that cancer treatments—or even the cancer itself—can have a negative effect on patients' appetites, often making mealtime an everyday struggle.
This spring, Relias Learning embarked on one of its most ambitious undertakings in putting together the second edition of its State of Staff Development and Training report.
The activities department in senior care communities plays an essential role in the well-being of older adults. It is often the only source of engagement, providing basic socialization opportunities, that can protect against the negative impact of loneliness and isolation on physical and mental well-being.
In the simplest sense, a successful leader is one that gets other people to do things, to do those things well, and to enjoy doing them.
With Resident Classification System, Version I (RCS-1), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is considering significant changes to the reimbursement model for therapy.
Navigating complex compliance laws can be time consuming and it is often confusing.
When completing an AD, the patient should consider what is most important, asking such questions as "Who can make medical decisions with the physician if I am unable?