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Diary of a new hire

While employee retention is always a top priority, operating in a pandemic intensifies the urgency to hire and maintain competent, committed staff. Since the first three months of employment are particularly vulnerable (according to turnover statistics), it makes sense to look closely at a new hire’s experience during that time to ensure you’re cementing the…

Facing ways to improve PPE long term

Protecting vulnerable populations, particularly long-term care residents and staff, from viruses and infections is critical. The COVID-19 pandemic shed light on the fact that not only is there a need for an increased supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), but there is also a need for enhancing PPE designs and features. For residents and staff…

How to come out stronger after COVID-19

For all skilled and long-term care operators, COVID-19 was a game-changer. For one particular mid-sized skilled nursing facility in the Midwest, this was no exception. With the first case came fear of the unknown, major operational challenges and, of course, the negative financial impact due to reduced census and increased costs. However, after having stabilized…

The effect of social isolation on seniors

During the current pandemic, multiple concerns have come to fruition within the long-term care, post-acute care industry. Two major factors that have arisen are around infection control and staffing. Due to these factors, many changes have occurred almost on the fly within buildings to ensure the safety of both the residents and employees. As a result, there…

Meaningful engagement requires staff to practice self-care

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, most senior living providers are reporting that their residents are experiencing both cognitive and physical declines due to a lack of consistent and meaningful engagement. Frontline staff members are struggling to provide engagement more than ever before and need support. They now have little outside help with resident…

Tips for successful telehealth services implementation in SNFs

At CHE Behavioral Health Services, a nationwide organization providing behavioral health services to patients in skilled nursing facilities and now to the general community, we had to work quickly to provide innovative strategies to ensure continuity of care remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Behavioral health services are more important now than ever before with unprecedented…

OSHA investigations in a time of COVID-19

As the COVID-19 healthcare pandemic continues with no end in sight, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been looking at the nation’s nursing homes closely regarding the number and rate of employee deaths and illness from COVID-19. This has resulted in an increasing number of nursing homes receiving investigations by OSHA. Recently, OSHA…

Nursing home care: Time for a culture shift

The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated many challenges facing the nursing home industry, including how to clinically manage and minimize transmission of the disease amid personal protective equipment, testing and staffing shortages. The crisis has also sparked a more fundamental rethinking about how clinical care is delivered to nursing home residents.  For years, healthcare delivery in…

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