June 6, 2019 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: June 6, 2019

Making med passes fun

Pleasant surprises can be a surefire way to cut the monotony. “Leveraging opportunities to add a little joy to the resident’s day would make the time spent more meaningful and positively anticipated by staff and residents,” says Allison Boulware, RN, manager, national account nurse liaison for Guardian Pharmacy Services. The answer? “We should be actively…

Lee Health interior design 2

Dreaming of driftwood

In order to provide the comforting quality of nature for rehab patients and skilled nursing residents, Lee Health Gulf Coast Medical Center fashioned a revered local icon in the design of its new $18 million skilled nursing unit — driftwood from a nearby sand-and-sea destination. Based on the beautiful landscape of Lovers Key Beach near…

Fall leads to charges

MICHIGAN — Two nursing home employees were charged with adult abuse after failing to use an assistive device for a resident with severe osteoporosis. The care plan for the resident at Martha T. Berry Medical Care Facility in Mt. Clemens required transfers from her bed to the wheelchair with assistive mechanical devices. 

Minimum wage debated

CONNECTICUT —  Raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 without adjusting Medicaid payments would have a devastating impact on Connecticut skilled care facilities, providers said last month. LeadingAge Connecticut estimates that its 35 members would need to pay an additional $9 million in wages and benefits if the hike goes through. “I fear that our…

FBI visits facilities

NEW JERSEY — Two Atrium Health & Senior Living facilities were visited by FBI agents in late April. Spring Hills Senior Communities confirmed that several federal agencies were at Atrium Post Acute Care of Woodbury and the Atrium headquarters in Little Falls, NJ. Spring Hills, which is in Edison, NJ, is planning to buy Atrium’s…

Governor Ron DeSantis

Expanded Medicaid debate moves closer to vote

Medicaid expansion advocates, who want to trigger a review of ballot wording by the Florida Supreme Court, had collected more than 63,000 petition signatures as of press time. Florida Decides Healthcare had submitted 63,714 valid petition signatures to the state as of May 13, nearing a 76,632-signature threshold that would lead to a review by…

Vet to receive 101 cards

UTAH — To celebrate a resident’s 101st birthday, staff at the Bennion Veteran’s Home in Payson, UT, are seeking to have 101 birthday cards delivered. John Frey, a WWII veteran, lived at home until he entered his 11th decade. He joked to a local newspaper reporter that he had had “too many birthdays” but attributed…

Ellen Kossek

60 Seconds with Ellen Ernst Kossek, Ph.D.

Q: Based on your research, what are some of the challenges with how facilities apply worker scheduling? A:The culture of nursing homes is we care for families or elders, and sometimes employees get left out inadvertently. We’ve found that schedule patching is a recurring systemic phenomenon. One big change is the work-life needs of employees…

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