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A pesky eye lump

February 27, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears had an eye infection that required multiple doctor visits and medications, which can be a frustrating and trying for anyone but especially an incomplete quadriplegic. 

An unanswered call light

February 20, 2017     Kathleen Mears

It wasn’t a bump in the night, but resident blogger Kathleen Mears explains how scary it was waiting for her aides to come in one morning.

Silver linings

February 20, 2017     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Long-term and post-acute care has plenty of challenges for 2017, but trials and tribulations can be good for the industry in the long run.

An odd couple

February 13, 2017     Kathleen Mears

As Valentine’s Day approaches, resident blogger Kathleen Mears offers a glimpse of romance in the nursing home.

A second helping

February 6, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathy Mears dishes on proper etiquette for extra food portions.

Re-examining CMS' 5-star rating system

February 6, 2017     Alan C. Horowitz, RN, Esq.

A new GAO report highlights why experts say the next addition to the Nursing Home Compare five-star ratings should be customer service.

The 4 disciplines of a strategic marketing plan

February 2, 2017     Luke Fannon

A varied and robust strategic marketing plan can help you tell your brand's story, engage consumers, educate clients and stay one step ahead of your competition.

Brace yourself

January 30, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears was told for years she was unable to get new leg braces. When hers finally broke, she was pleasantly surprised to learn she was eligible for new custom ones.  

Trying again

January 23, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears is working to be more agreeable and less argumentative with an aide.

The difficulty of going to the doctor

January 19, 2017     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
Senior Editor Nicole Stempak explores the problem of care coordination and how to help seniors access needed medical treatment. 

A resolve to change

January 17, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Blogger Kathleen Mears wants you to leap into the new year and suggests ways to set yourself up for success in 2017. 

Administrators: How well do you engage with Admissions, Sales and Marketing?

January 13, 2017     Luke Fannon

Marketing consultant Luke Fannon explains why administrator engagement can make all the difference in increasing census and fostering a more productive sales and marketing team.

The challenge of getting around

January 9, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Navigating nursing homes and Medicaid is never easy, but resident blogger Kathy Mears has had trouble getting around, literally. It took several visits and months to get her joystick adjusted and working properly—and caused an injury in the process.

Cooking up nostalgia

January 4, 2017     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Grandma’s cooking brings back fond memories for Senior Editor Nicole Stempak who considers the power—and importance—of food traditions. 

Medicaid Qualified Income Trust a trying process

January 3, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears details her lengthy—and frustrating—journey of setting up a Qualified Income Trust (QIT/Miller trust) to meet Ohio’s changing Medicaid eligibility requirements.

Dressing residents with dignity

December 28, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

A New York woman has started a collection to help area residents get new or gently used clothes, a simple gesture that reminds us dressing is more than a matter of appearances.

Finally, a side of hummus

December 27, 2016     Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears loves hummus. Rules prevent residents from keeping refrigerated food, so she’s advocated for activities to serve it for three years. Victory has never tasted so good.

Adapting anticipation for the holidays

December 21, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Blogger Kathleen Mears fondly remembers Christmases of years gone by and is learning to make new traditions in the nursing home. 

Remembering Christmas traditions

December 19, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The holiday season is filled with memories, which can be an entryway to connect with people with dementia.

Don’t let Seasonal Affective Disorder make you sad

December 12, 2016     Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears reflects on the change of seasons and why she prefers them despite the dark, bitter cold mornings that make her want to go back to sleep.