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Training, practice and technology pay off in real emergencies

July 21, 2016     Stan Szpytek

Two real-life incidents show the importance of preparedness and training, so if the worst happens, your staff is ready.

Ohio Medicaid Qualified Income Trust

July 18, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Setting up a Qualified Income Trust/Miller Trust to fulfill the Medicaid requirements can be tricky business, so Ohio's Medicaid recipients shouldn't wait to get started on the process, says SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears.

Giving thanks on July 4

July 11, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears reflects on how her Fourth of July celebrations have changed over the years—and how thankful she is for memories of both. 

Collision in my new power chair

July 5, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Getting used to piloting a new power chair was part of SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears' planned day out, but not the crash inside the salon.

OSHA launches anti-retaliation rules for injury and illness reporting

July 1, 2016     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has passed rules that forbid retaliation and discrimination for reporting injuries, including post-accident drug testing and "incentive" programs that retaliate against those who bring workplace safety violations to light.

A mini class reunion

June 27, 2016     Kathleen Mears

When SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears emailed her high school reunion committee to say she wouldn't be able to attend the 50-year reunion, several of her classmates decided to surprise her with a visit.

My gender preference

June 20, 2016     Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears explains why some residents prefer to have their portions of their care delivered by an aide of a certain gender.

New Life Safety Code requirements begin July 5

June 16, 2016     Stan Szpytek

Stay compliant with CMS requirements by using the proper editions of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes and Standards.

A warmed-over craving

June 13, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Food cravings have SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears ready for a warm, crunchy taco, but some foods just aren't the same when reheated.

Getting stiff

June 6, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Getting that handy touchpad laptop made life seem easier, but it wasn't so great for her hand's range of motion, says SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears.

Extreme honesty: Medical errors and full disclosure

May 31, 2016     Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN

Mistakes and “near misses” can and will happen. But, how a facility discloses an error can affect everything from the CMS response to the family’s reaction.

Waiting for a new power chair

May 31, 2016     Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears relates how shopping for a new power chair can include a lot of adjustments and a lot of waiting.

Leadership for culture change

May 27, 2016     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Culture change is easy to spot after it’s happened. It’s much harder to discern while it’s in progress—when it’s still just a single, bright torch held by a single person. Do you have a staff inspirer at your facility?

Caught caring

May 23, 2016     Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares how a little appreciation can go a long way in well-designed employee recognition programs.

Recruiting fresh talent requires fresh thinking

May 20, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The long-term care industry is facing a workforce shortage. This Kentucky high school might be on to a solution, writes Senior Editor Nicole Stempak. 

The story of mental decline

May 16, 2016     Kathleen Mears

If you had the beginning stages of dementia, would you want to know? SNF resident blogger Kathleen mears weighs whether ignorance is bliss.

Working on dreaming

May 16, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Nicole Stempak reflects on lessons learned from Argentum’s annual Senior Living Executive conference. 

Ties that bind

May 9, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Sometimes a careless action can cause a big headache. SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears relates how a gown tie forced the nurse to get out the scissors.

Working challenged

May 2, 2016     Kathleen Mears

When an aide quits unexpectedly, it can really disrupt a nursing home's routines. SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears tells how two aides managed to do the work of three when a sudden staff shortage caught everyone by surprise.

Aging on the big screen

April 28, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Senior editor Nicole Stempak headed to the 40th annual Cleveland International Film Festival. In an unexpected plot twist, she found there weren’t many films featuring older adults, part of a larger narrative on aging.