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Cleaning house

August 21, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Accumulating stuff is easy to do no matter the space, but decluttering is trickier for blogger Kathleen Mears as she needs help to sort through things. She thinks other residents could benefit from a good cleaning, too. 

When domestic violence doesn’t stay at home

August 18, 2017     Steve Wilder

Employers should create safety policies and procedures for handling domestic violence before it arrives on the doorstep.

Learning to cope

August 14, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares how she has adjusted her expectations and outlook as an incomplete quadriplegic. 

Clear skin is in

August 7, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Controlling breakouts is a trying ordeal to begin with but is more difficult for blogger Kathleen Mears because of nursing home restrictions on what she can put on her face. 

A step forward

July 31, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Putting your best foot forward can be a challenge with stiff foot and leg muscles, blogger Kathleen Mears explains.

A winning combination

July 24, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Over-the-counter pain relievers help resident blogger Kathleen Mears manager her pain.

How to get hospital referral sources to open up

July 18, 2017     Luke Fannon

Hospitals don’t always make it easy for post-acute care providers to talk with their case managers. Creative marketing techniques can open the doors.

Secret hiding place

July 17, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears discovers empty wrappers for missing snacks on her roommate’s side of their shared space. 

Altered space

July 10, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Fresh air is good for the lungs and going out can do the soul a world of good, resident blogger Kathleen Mears writes. 

Social media's double-edged sword

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

Social media is ubiquitous, valuable and fun. It can also get long-term care providers into a lot of legal trouble.

An open letter to Congress

June 30, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Blogger Kathleen Mears writes legislators about how the proposed healthcare legislation would affect her and fellow nursing home residents.

An awakening

June 26, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears watches as one resident transforms after she gets a fork in her hand and starts feeding herself.

Lessons from Mary

June 19, 2017     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Mary L. Radnofsky, PhD, is helping caregivers reassess how they think about dementia and how they interact with residents who have cognitive decline. And as a person with a neurodegenerative disease, she should know.

Back on my feet

June 19, 2017     Kathleen Mears

After some missteps, the nurse manager told resident blogger Kathleen Mears she can once again stand to transfer. 

A change in dosage

June 12, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares how having her antidepressant adjusted has impacted her quality of life for the worse.

In remembrance of Annie

June 5, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears reflects on nearly 18 years of friendship with a fellow resident.  

Mealtime assistance

May 30, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Having someone help you eat is one thing but having a separate feeding room makes resident blogger Kathleen Mears anxious. 

Getting a lift

May 22, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Hoyer lifts may help staff feel more secure about resident transfers, but blogger Kathleen Mears feels more uncomfortable and less independent when she can’t stand on her own two feet. 

The many faces of Alzheimer's

May 19, 2017     Nicole Absar, MD

Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is difficult. Atypical forms of the disease can be even more challenging to identify, requiring different assessment tools and interventions.

Setting the lighting mood

May 15, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Lighting can have a big impact on a resident’s day-to-day routine, comforts and well-being, resident blogger Kathleen Mears explains. 

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