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Profile: Easy rider, tuned provider

Gary Kelso, CEO, Mission Health Services and Community Nursing Services Growing up, Mission Health Services CEO Gary Kelso recalls his mother, Cloyda, always by his side.  She was the primary breadwinner for most of Kelso’s childhood after his father suffered a work accident.  She spent her days as a contract negotiator for the Air Force…

CCRC houses theater troupe

Before becoming residents at Judson Services, a continuing care retirement community based in Cleveland, many of its seniors were active fans of local theater. But as they’ve aged, it’s become harder and more inconvenient for them to attend shows.  “So, we decided to bring theatre to them,” Mark Corcoran, managing director of Theatre in the…

Providers grapple with ever-complex, sometimes confusing, medication regulations

Viewed individually, each medication rule, regulation, standard and guideline has its fair share of advocates and critics. It’s the sum of their parts, however, that often keeps compliance officers up at night. The regulatory labyrinth is particularly poignant to William Vaughan, RN, BSN, vice president, education and clinical affairs for Remedi SeniorCare. Vaughan joined the…

Making secure choices: What administrators should know about security systems

Resident safety is an equal-opportunity landmine for providers. Three out of five assisted living residents affected by dementia, for example, will wander as a way of coping with their condition-related confusion and restlessness, according to the latest statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association.  In addition, more than half of seniors who elope will suffer serious injury…

Things I Think: Playing favorites

Over the years, I’ve had my favorite senior care residents. Many of them. Anyone who works in this profession probably has some too.  I’m particularly drawn to those who are funny, optimistic, resilient, articulate and who smile a lot. No surprise there, as those are areas in need of frequent augmentation in my own life. …

Reader Poll: What do you recommend for getting through the tough times?

“Resilience. Resilience helps you deal with change and maintain a certain level of optimism. It keeps you grounded in reality. We all have tough times. We have to focus on what it will look like on the other side of them, whether it’s personal or professional tough times. Are you going to give up or…

The Big Picture: It’s time to rise up, LTC

The late author Joseph Heller provided words that many long-term care operators still live by: “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” Whether most operators are paranoid is a matter of conjecture. But it’s no secret that many feel they have a big ol’ target on their backs. Maybe that sentiment derives…

Design Decisions: How LifeStream at Youngtown turned a ‘home-like’ vignette into a short-term rehab center

Most rehab centers have a section that resembles a home so that patients can practice navigating thresholds, unlocking doors, doing laundry and other routine chores.  LifeStream at Youngtown has taken that concept a step further by turning a house into a short-term rehab center. The 7,000-square-foot residential space is dedicated to short-term rehab, renovated courtesy…

How to do it … Incontinence improvements

1. Successfully improving bladder function begins with the recognition that hope for improving is often realistic. “Bladder function can be improved, especially with those who are recently incontinent or those who had a catheter removed recently,” says Pam Brooks, OTR/L, a clinical occupational therapy specialist for Centrex Rehab.  Recalling the most common reversible causes of…

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