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Kathleen Mears



Kathleen Mears is a long-time blogger who has been a nursing home resident for 21 years. She is...

The caped crusader

April 18, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears

When bad weather thwarts social plans, a "girls day in" can be just as fun, says SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears.

An apparent seamless transition

April 11, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears

For nursing homes residents, the transience of living space can be difficult to accept, especially when a resident dies.

In the future: 'Droney' the helper

April 4, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears

Drones could someday provide the ultimate in customer service in nursing home setting, delivering sheets, fetching water and monitoring hallways for wanderers. But, would residents want it?

Healthcare workers impaired on the job

March 28, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears

Workers who drink or use drugs may be able to hide their impairment from the boss, but sometimes the residents can tell right away, explains SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears.

Facility staff and cell phones

March 21, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears remembers when cell phones were first introduced in her nursing home and how much the etiquette and technology has changed.

The tooth-breaker

March 14, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears

That infamous premade "chicken patty" might be convenient, but some residents would rather choose anything else than a dry, crunchy disk, says SNF resident blogger Kathy Mears.


Turning up the heat

March 7, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears explains the process for adjusting the thermostat in her room. (Hint: It's not as simple as adjusting the dial.)


Words of others

February 29, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears

Curses! SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears talks about what can happen when staffers use foul language, especially if residents view it as disrespect.

A smoking light fixture

February 22, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears relates an exciting moment in the dining room, and how everyone reacted when smoke began pouring out of a dining room light fixture.

Silent deaths

February 15, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears mourns the loss of relatives she hadn't known died. Her contact with many family members has been limited after she moved into her nursing home.