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Dr. Eleanor Barbera

7 employee wellness ideas for the holidays (and beyond)

After a staff training on reducing burnout in long-term care last week, a look through the evaluation forms was illuminating. A significant number of attendees — mostly nursing aides, nurses, and environmental workers — wrote that the most valuable point they got from the training was how important it was to take time for themselves, even if it was for just a few minutes.

Rally Health launches platform

Rally Health launches platform

Rally Health is launching a product that lets consumers look at their personal health data, leverage incentives and receive coaching.

Elizabeth Leis Newman

Re-examining obesity in long-term care

John O’Connor’s blog this week explored the issue of obesity in long-term care facilities,and raised a subtle point around assumptions about people who are obese. Whether they are a coworker or a resident, we tend to assume people we know who obese either want to lose weight, are trying to lose weight, or have failed most of their lives at losing weight. is it fair to judge nurses or other caregivers whose weight is putting them at risk for diseases, or that may be impacting their job? Is the increasing popularity of “wellness programs” a reasonable way to keep your health insurance premiums down? What is your obligation to your employee?

Many states are already implementing online Medicare enrollment.

Wireless technology, home health expected to grow in seniors care and housing, survey finds

Operators of senior living communities believe that “smart home” technology and wireless connectivity will help to attract residents within the next five years. Other specialty areas predicted to boom include home health services, wellness programs, providing Web-based education and building smaller and/or “green” facilities, according to a new survey of 107 senior living organization in 13 states.

Nurses steadily kicking smoking habit

The rate of smoking among nurses fell significantly between 1976 and 2003–but the consequences of the habit are still devastating, a new report found.

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