Why it's impossible to maintain prior levels of care quality, and what to do about it

Residents and their family members are likely to expect that when they enter long-term care, staff members will provide compassionate medical treatment. Instead, what they frequently find are stressed out nurses and overworked aides.

The importance of leadership in creating good deaths in LTC

In one of the more disturbing encounters I've had in long-term care — in a 5-Star deficiency-free nursing home — I offered my condolences to an aide on the loss of a resident she'd cared for over a period of two years. I never expected the response I got.

Using technology to improve care, reduce costs

At Maimonides Medical Center, 24 frail older adults were taught to use laptops so that they could manage their health information from home. The technology facilitated communication between patients and providers and improved the quality of life of participants.

New perspectives on aging and healthcare

Three new books on aging and healthcare recently crossed my desk, each with completely different takes on our industry. Each has merit for anyone involved with senior care.

Taking teamwork to a deeper level

When we think of teamwork in long-term care, we envision a group of dedicated specialists reading notes from other disciplines, bouncing ideas off colleagues and convening care plan meetings. In reality, it is much more complex.

Enhancing quality of care through design

Incorporating the principles of accessible design into long-term care creates communities where inclusion and independence are emphasized. Good for those who do it.

Help in your backyard

Amy Gotwals, the Chief of Public Policy and External Affairs at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, kicked off the 28th Annual Aging Conference in New York City last week, held at the New York Academy of Medicine and filled with attendees providing community-based care for elders. Her rousing keynote outlined the vast care demands of the growing wave of elders and the importance of building healthcare partnerships.

Self-disclosure: What your staff needs to know about revealing personal information to residents

Disclosing your personal information can be a good way to establish a more intimate connection with residents but there also can be unintended and unwanted consequences to revealing such details.

4 ways to revamp work culture in the new year

Ahhh. A new year. It's time for a fresh start, the chance to take life in a different direction. Whatever our roles in long-term care, there are steps each of us can take to enhance the way we treat each other and to have a positive impact on workplace culture.

People in LTC who've inspired me in 2017

From the 102-year-old Hulk Hogan fan to the doting, selfless caregivers doing behind-the-scenes work, there are numerous people who inspired me in long-term care this year.