November 2019 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: November 2019

Finck-Boyle is living a ‘Wonderful’ life

Janine Finck-Boyle, MBA/HCA, LNHA, has never met Lynda Carter, the actress best known for playing Wonder Woman in the 1970s television series of the same name. But as a child, Finck-Boyle spent many a day — no matter the outside temperature — sporting a Wonder Woman bathing suit in recognition of her idol. “I was…

Exec named ‘Hometown Hero’

Bravery during a devastating flood that threatened a facility’s residents and staff members earned one long-term care executive a unique honor. Jody DePriest, regional vice president of Pathway South, recently was given the first ever “Hometown Hero Award” by the Louisiana Nursing Home Association.  The distinction honors long-term care professionals who “exhibited on-the-job courage, strength,…

Wound care deserves plenty of attention, too

When it comes to wound care in long-term care, pressure ulcers often receive the highest priority from skilled nursing staff and administrators – often for good reason.  “Pressure ulcers have significant potential for both morbidity and mortality, as well as being a high risk for litigation,” says Japa Volchok, DO, Vice President of Operations at…

What’s causing all the concern?

Occupancy in the senior housing sector has long been characterized by peaks and valleys. But recent history has hardly been typical.  Occupancy decreased to 87.8% in the second quarter of 2019, from 87.9% a year ago — the lowest level in eight years, as reported by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care…

Getting wider, not bigger: An investment and planning recipe for survival before the big senior wave

At first blush, expanding any business in a time of declining numbers of customers and sagging construction starts seems illogical. But it’s exactly what may help skilled nursing facilities thrive and prosper in the turbulent years ahead. Some are finding success with asset repurposing. Others are resurrecting with an age-old real estate strategy: mixed use.…

Things I Think: Opera’s resonance

How can listening to opera possibly improve the cognitive function of dementia patients? Notice I didn’t ask whether. According to McKnight’s, Chinese researchers are proving the point, and who am I to argue? You’ll notice that opera characters who express strong opinions generally die. I love opera, so getting to listen to it all the…

Editor’s Desk: Everyone wins when you think of it this way

In our business, you know you’re doing something right when the “What about me?” implications start emerging. They were distinctly there earlier this year when we celebrated our first McKnight’s Women of Distinction class. Oh, sure, it would have been natural for many unchosen to wonder, “What about me? With hundreds of nominations, however, there…

PDPM: Here’s the rub

If it seems like a lot of skilled nursing facility therapists have been getting laid off, it’s no coincidence. Genesis Healthcare grabbed the early lead in the pink slip parade. The firm let go of about 600, or more than 5%, of its rehab workers. Many other operators have been considering similar moves. That is,…

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