Suicide prevention in the workplace: What employers need to know

As I prepared for this article, I realized that we don't hear much in the industry news outlets about suicide among our staff members. But that doesn't mean it isn't happening.

Enhancing organizational communication improves outcomes, reduces adverse incidents

There will always be adverse events in any health system, but strengthening communication between team members and between different levels within the organization can improve outcomes and reduce the likelihood of becoming front page news.

To reduce burnout and turnover, improve family-staff relationships

People who travel tend to be happier with their jobs and companies than those who don't. This is a research finding that long-term care managers and operators definitely should heed.

The ticklish balancing act: Resident rights vs. care quality

Balancing the rights and desires of residents with the need of the facility to avoid citation and litigation can be very tricky, but the payoff can be definitely worth it when done right. Here's how.

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.