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Would you advocate for medication aides in your facility if the state allowed for them?
“No, I do not think it is a good idea. Why don't you advocate for a position for serious medication reviews to cut or combine meds?”
“The nurses are so overwhelmed in this setting that this direction may be necessary in long-term care. Facilities today simply cannot: (a) find enough nurses or (b) afford to pay them a competitive wage-between the workforce shortage and minimal state/federal reimbursement. These positions will be inevitable.”
“This is usually the only time a nurse has time to assess a resident. Communication is a huge problem at most places. It puts the residents and nurses at a high risk. I worked with med aides and it was terrible.”
Prepared to share their expert advice and commentary on the long-term care field are Long-Term Living's newest additions to the blogosphere. Go to http://www.ltlmagazine.com/Bloggers and click on individual profiles for each blogger's updates.
Eleanor Feldman Barbera, PhD, is an author and a licensed psychologist consulting in long-term care facilities in the New York City area. She frequently lectures on subjects related to psychology, aging, and nursing homes. Dr. Barbera is available for private consulting with organizations, institutions, and individuals around eldercare issues.
Anthony Cirillo, FACHE, ABC, is a marketing consultant, professional speaker, aging and senior health expert, and the owner of Fast Forward Consulting. His video blogs explore various LTC topics, from better facility branding initiatives to improved staff training advice.
Barbara O'Connell, MBA, Consultant, is co-founder and partner of http://WhereToFindCare.com, LLC, which provides free healthcare quality and satisfaction information to consumers and low-cost marketing and patient satisfaction solutions to healthcare providers including nursing homes, assisted living communities, and more.