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The challenge of getting around

January 9, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Navigating nursing homes and Medicaid is never easy, but resident blogger Kathy Mears has had trouble getting around, literally. It took several visits and months to get her joystick adjusted and working properly—and caused an injury in the process.

Cooking up nostalgia

January 4, 2017     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Grandma’s cooking brings back fond memories for Senior Editor Nicole Stempak who considers the power—and importance—of food traditions. 

Medicaid Qualified Income Trust a trying process

January 3, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears details her lengthy—and frustrating—journey of setting up a Qualified Income Trust (QIT/Miller trust) to meet Ohio’s changing Medicaid eligibility requirements.

Dressing residents with dignity

December 28, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

A New York woman has started a collection to help area residents get new or gently used clothes, a simple gesture that reminds us dressing is more than a matter of appearances.

Finally, a side of hummus

December 27, 2016     Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears loves hummus. Rules prevent residents from keeping refrigerated food, so she’s advocated for activities to serve it for three years. Victory has never tasted so good.

Adapting anticipation for the holidays

December 21, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Blogger Kathleen Mears fondly remembers Christmases of years gone by and is learning to make new traditions in the nursing home. 

Remembering Christmas traditions

December 19, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The holiday season is filled with memories, which can be an entryway to connect with people with dementia.

Don’t let Seasonal Affective Disorder make you sad

December 12, 2016     Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears reflects on the change of seasons and why she prefers them despite the dark, bitter cold mornings that make her want to go back to sleep. 

Ready, set... Grow!

December 5, 2016     Pamela Tabar

Long-Term Living has exciting news to share! We've got big plans for 2017, and we want YOU to be part of the journey!

Shopping on behalf of residents

December 5, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears reflects on the challenge of not being able to run to the store spur of the moment—and the added difficulty of asking someone to shop for you. 

What residents with Alzheimer's really want for the holidays

December 2, 2016     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

How do you visit and converse with someone who doesn’t quite recall who you are? Here are 12 tips for encouraging healthy, happy holiday visits for those who have dementia.

Hope for Alzheimer's research

November 30, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Nicole Stempak is optimistic about drug treatments and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease despite Eli Lilly’s solanezumab Phase 3 clinical drug trial failure. 

Growing into gray

November 28, 2016    

Blogger Kathleen Mears has given herself freedom to stop coloring her hair and start loving her gray—even if it means showing her age. 

The ‘thankful for’ tree

November 21, 2016    

This holiday season, blogger Kathleen Mears is grateful for the opportunity she and her fellow residents had to give thanks and participate in the celebrations.

Something WAS bothering him

November 15, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Residents who cry out for help can be wearing on caregivers. But what if they really do need something?

Rising after the election

November 7, 2016     Kathleen Mears

It’s the presidential nominees’ jobs to rally us, but blogger Kathleen Mears reminds us that regardless of the winner, we must rally behind him or her to ensure a smooth transition of power and to sustain our democracy. 

The CMS final rule: Twist and shout, but we can work it out

November 4, 2016     Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN

The long-term/post-acute care industry knew some groundbreaking changes were coming in the final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Long-Term Living’s legal expert Alan C. Horowitz explains what all the fuss is about.

Laptop listening again

October 31, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Speech recognition software helps blogger Kathleen Mears connect to the world. Windows updates prevented her microphone from working, causing her to spend weeks troubleshooting for a solution. 

In the middle of ordinary things

October 24, 2016    

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears was getting ready for a day out until she got a somber reminder that we shouldn’t take our days, or our routines, for granted.  

Cause for alarm

October 17, 2016    

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears wonders about changing policy so the fire alarm isn’t a signal for residents and visitors to panic.