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When lifts break

January 4, 2018     Kathleen Mears

A broken Hoyer lift and shortage on lift pads means that SNF resident blogger Kathy Mears has to stay in bed for the foreseeable future. 

Student nurses make the rounds

December 28, 2017     Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathy Mears writes about her experiences with nursing students doing clinicals at her nursing home.

’Tis the season

December 22, 2017     Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathy Mears reminisces of holidays past spent at nursing homes, a reminder that this may be the most difficult time of year for some residents. 

The heartbreak of caring

December 18, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Caring can come at a cost for residents and aides, but the hurt is worth it, says SNF resident blogger Kathy Mears.

Remembering a milestone

December 11, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Blogger Kathy Mears reflects on the events that eventually led her to living in a nursing home. 

The cleanliness factor

December 4, 2017     Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathy Mears shares how personal hygiene affects her mood and sense of self. 

Fire safety for the holidays

November 28, 2017     Stan Szpytek

Deck the halls, but be safe about it. National fire and life safety expert Stan Szpytek shares tips on reducing fire risk during the holidays.

Connecting with a church

November 27, 2017     Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathy Mears shares how she wishes she had more connection time with her local church.

Giving thanks for my roommate

November 20, 2017     Kathleen Mears

In a year filled with changes, many of which were unexpected, SNF resident blogger Kathy Mears reflects on a relationship that has brought her good tidings of great cheer.

Ready for anything

November 16, 2017     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

As the new CMS emergency planning regulations go into effect this month, a crisis-filled 2017 has already given many states multiple reasons to be ready for anything.

To vaccinate, or not to vaccinate

November 13, 2017     Kathleen Mears

The decision of whether to get the influenza vaccine has added considerations and consequences for those who work and live in long-term care facilities. 

Another involuntary discharge

November 6, 2017     Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares her experiences on being involuntarily discharged and how she thinks the process could be avoided.

Quite the fright

October 30, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Ghosts and goblins aren’t the only things that can spook. SNF resident Kathy Mears explains how a faulty call light rattled her.

Recognizing employees

October 23, 2017     Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathy Mears liked that her former facility started an employee award program but wished it were better explained and communicated to residents.

Serving others

October 19, 2017     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The long-term care industry can learn from the hospitality industry what it means to serve the customer and not our own ego.

Immediate jeopardy: True or false?

October 17, 2017     Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN

An immediate jeopardy deficiency can cost providers dearly in finances and reputation. But what if it’s not true? Legal expert Alan C. Horowitz discusses a recent case where the provider challenged CMS over nearly $1 million in fines—and won.

Hydration project

October 16, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Soda may be popular, but SNF resident blogger Kathy Mears says ice water is often the nicest accompaniment to a meal.

Innovation and leadership

October 10, 2017     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Editor-in-chief Pamela Tabar celebrates those who invent new ways to solve some of senior care's oldest problems.

Plugging in

October 9, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Powering on in a nursing home means meeting fire safety codes designed to keep residents safe, but compliance isn’t always easy or cheap for residents trying to make their space a comfortable, functional home. 

What senior living can learn from Southwest’s customer service

October 6, 2017     Luke Fannon

Senior living marketing expert Luke Fannon discusses five steps to using care quality to earn customer satisfaction and loyalty.