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Why do we need a Resident Engagement Institute?

Prior to the global pandemic, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicated that  long-term care residents receive only 11 minutes of engagement, with assisted living residents getting just 20 minutes per day (outside of assistance with ADLs and IADLs). As the long-term care and senior living industries emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and…

How ‘taking a pause’ may actually improve the staffing shortage crisis

“We’re hiring.” “If you know of any certified nursing assistants, we are hiring.” “We too are desperately seeking caregivers.” “We are actually all set with caregivers.” “Huh? What?”  Eyes were wide open and mouths dropped when these last two words were spoken, only to be followed by “No, I am just kidding, we need all…

When it comes to staff, sweat the little things

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light many challenges for long-term care providers, but staffing retention continues to remain a top challenge for most organizations. With turnover rates nearing 50%, providers are having to become onboarding experts, but is that where the expertise should be?  Providers should become experts in retaining employees, as the cost…

Facing senior care’s ‘new normal’ head-on

According to a recent analysis of Medicare fee-for-service claims incurred through May 2020, there has been a distinct decline in the number of routine hospitalizations among beneficiaries — but a steep increase in patient acuity as well. The result of this convergence, noted in reporting by the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services and the…

With them for the long haul

According to Harvard Health Blog, recent studies indicate that 50-80% of patients recovered from COVID-19 continue to have at least one adverse symptom three months after the onset, even if the patient no longer tests positive for the virus.   This emerging condition has been described using a variety of terms, including “Post-Covid-19 Syndrome,” “Post-Acute Sequelae…

How to make payroll-based journaling easy

As reporting standards go, Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) reporting stands out as notoriously difficult. It involves a lot of labor and can be prone to ratings-endangering errors. Meeting the PBJ reporting requirement is even harder for facilities that try to do it manually or piece it together with different systems. It’s particularly challenging for many facilities…

Using real-time technology to help healthcare leaders tackle pandemic safety in long-term care facilities

Nursing homes became “ground zero” for COVID-19 when the first wave of the virus arrived in the United States in Spring 2020. Although less than half of 1% of the U.S. population resides in nursing homes, these people account for nearly 40% of all COVID-related deaths. Improved vaccine distribution is helping curb COVID-19 outbreaks, but…

Transforming eldercare through therapeutic light

Elders in skilled nursing facilities spend most of their time indoors. However, the need for healthy light increases with age as the pupil gets smaller and the eye’s lens thickens, requiring even more light. Older people need more intensive light to aid vision and, more importantly, to stimulate their diurnal rhythm, a biological rhythm harmonized…

Analyzing resident mood trends can troubleshoot mental health issues early

For long-term care and skilled nursing professionals, there is nothing more important than the health of their residents and patients. Most often physical health is top of mind and prioritized, however, mental health is just as important and can have a huge impact on residents’ physical health.  The National Institute on Aging notes that “depression,…

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