Is there anything more thrilling on a winter day than sledding down the neighborhood's steepest hill, across freshly fallen snow, in an inner tube? I think not.
Amid all the focus on new rules for nursing homes, we can't forget the old ones and the need to audit, train and document.
Is it true that during new survey process, surveyors will ask staff nurses and nursing assistants about their competencies, with questions such as, "Do you receive periodic evaluations on your skills, knowledge, and abilities? If so, how often?" "In what areas have you been assessed?" "In what areas do you believe you need more assistance or training?"
Political correctness is a concept that has been around since the first activists in the University of Wisconsin Madison added it to our language and our thinking. Inevitably, it reached long-term care as an industry.
Biodex Medical Systems Inc. has launched the Sit2Stand Trainer, part of its Mobility Enhancement family of devices.
AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-term Care Medicine will receive $1.62 million in civil money penalty funds over three years in order to improve long-term care, the organization announced.
Julie Podewitz has been appointed as vice president of sales and marketing for Elder Care Alliance, a nonprofit, integrated system of assisted living and memory care community in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In my recent post, "Stuff I won't do for residents and why your staff shouldn't either," I wrote about the need for individual workers to set appropriate boundaries around caregiving in order to retain the ability to give without burning out. In this article, I examine more closely the symptoms of burnout and ways facilities can reduce its likelihood — which is particularly important given the link between burnout and turnover.
Why is there such a divergence in senior care when state and federal regulations are pretty much the same across this great country of ours? I suspect the answer lies in how individual organizations prioritize their spending. We must allot more for caregiver training.
A Medicare quality improvement organization is looking for long-term care providers to pilot its new teamwork training program, TeamSTEPPS. According to the program's website, it aims to optimize performance among "teams of healthcare professionals, enabling them to respond quickly and effectively to whatever situations arise."
Meaningful use requirements state that physicians must be able to send and receive care summaries during transitions to all healthcare settings, including long-term and post-acute care facilities. So how can these facilities implement an EMR system and then help users achieve proficiency quickly and effectively? The answer lies in role-based simulation.
I'm a big advocate of taking small steps in the direction of change. Perhaps your organization isn't in the position of being able to upgrade the health insurance package or to install an onsite gymnasium for staff members. But here are some manageable actions along the road to creating a psychologically healthy workplace.
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Hospitalizations of frail nursing home residents can result in higher costs, complications, and death. Fifteen percent of long-term nursing home residents are hospitalized in any given six-month period, and 40% of these admissions are considered inappropriate
Don't wait until disaster strikes. Emergency plans should be updated and put to the test on a regular basis, at least annually. New hires must review the plan as part of their training.
Personal care aides will get a high-powered focus Monday, when the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI) host a briefing on training standards. "Training Personal Care Aides: The Latest Research Findings and Strategies from the States" takes place from 10-11:30 a.m. on Capitol Hill in Washington. PHI Director of Policy Research Dorie Seavey will present the latest findings from PHI's state-by-state analysis of PCA training requirements.
Just a year and a half later and I was done. Even for two weeks after the fact, I was numb - completely drained of emotion, lethargic, and avoiding interaction with others. Burnout.
As skilled nursing facilities adjust to the changes to Medicare that arrived early last month, they must be ready for Recovery Audit Contractors. RACs are independent auditors for the government that are preparing to audit every facility that has submitted Medicare claims.
Providers with questions about the new nursing home payment system will be able to take part in a series of three training conference calls, beginning later this month, an official with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Thursday. The first will be held at 1:30 EDT on June 24 and deal with concurrent therapy, look-back periods and ADLs (activities of daily living).
They may never have the skills of Bruce Lee, but seniors with osteoporosis can use martial arts training to learn to fall more safely, researchers say.
Doubling the opportunity to take part in the nation's first "Train-the-Trainer" conference for the new MDS 3.0 nursing home assessment tool was not enough. Federal regulators are now warning unregistered individuals to stay away from next week's sessions in Baltimore. The new version of the Minimum Data Set is set to go live Oct. 1, giving providers less than six months to deal with complex, dramatic changes.
Federal regulators will conduct the first of a handful of "train the trainer" sessions for the new MDS 3.0 nursing home assessment tool Monday through Friday in Baltimore. The highly anticipated sessions are aimed at state Medicaid directors, survey directors and other invited individuals, according to federal officials who will conduct the training.