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In this issue: The 2017 OPTIMA Award winners, diabetes medication management, infection control programs, disaster planning and more.
How do you care for someone who doesn’t think he needs—or wants—help?
The decision to go gray may have been the easy part. Blogger Kathleen Mears writes about the year-and-a-half long process of growing out her roots.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma has announced the dawn of big changes at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). What will happen to all the bundled payment projects?
Traveling from Point A to B is not as easy as getting in the car and going for blogger Kathleen Mears, who recently had a particularly harrowing drive.
Bathroom access is restricted for blogger Kathleen Mears, as her shared facility is the only one she can use because of mobility issues. That can result in an uncomfortable situation.
Social media is a popular method of communication, but what happens when staff and residents use it to share about long term care? Resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares her observations and opinions.
Comfort foods bring joyful memories and joy to our stomachs. Resident blogger Kathleen Mears longs for sandwiches on toast, a simple luxury that is difficult at best for her to get in long-term care.
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.
Employers should create safety policies and procedures for handling domestic violence before it arrives on the doorstep.
Resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares how she has adjusted her expectations and outlook as an incomplete quadriplegic.
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.
Putting your best foot forward can be a challenge with stiff foot and leg muscles, blogger Kathleen Mears explains.
Over-the-counter pain relievers help resident blogger Kathleen Mears manager her pain.
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.
Resident blogger Kathleen Mears discovers empty wrappers for missing snacks on her roommate’s side of their shared space.
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 is ubiquitous, valuable and fun. It can also get long-term care providers into a lot of legal trouble.
Blogger Kathleen Mears writes legislators about how the proposed healthcare legislation would affect her and fellow nursing home residents.
Resident blogger Kathleen Mears watches as one resident transforms after she gets a fork in her hand and starts feeding herself.