Holidays, congressional visits on provider wish lists

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Long-term care providers are not only preparing residents, staff and special work cycles for year-end holidays. Many are also looking to capitalize on lawmakers being home from Washington by inviting them for a visit.

The coming weeks will see a lot of foot traffic in and out of facilities. Showing off operations during festive times is one of the secrets to presenting a good image, consultants say. Impressing members of Congress, who vote on funding and other matters concerning eldercare, can only help providers' mission, experts note.

All of us at McKnight's Weekly Roundup wish providers everywhere happy holidays and many happy visits, now and in the future.