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CG's almost 8 months out

April 25, 2016    

Sometimes leaving a facility can be just as frustrating as living in one. Resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares how a former housemate, CG, is struggling with living in the outside community.

The caped crusader

April 18, 2016     Kathleen Mears

When bad weather thwarts social plans, a "girls day in" can be just as fun, says SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears.

An apparent seamless transition

April 11, 2016     Kathleen Mears

For nursing homes residents, the transience of living space can be difficult to accept, especially when a resident dies.

Educating AND training for safety

April 8, 2016     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

Safety training only goes so far unless you train employees’ hands as well as their heads, says safety training expert Steve Wilder.

In the future: 'Droney' the helper

April 4, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Drones could someday provide the ultimate in customer service in nursing home setting, delivering sheets, fetching water and monitoring hallways for wanderers. But, would residents want it?

Healthcare workers impaired on the job

March 28, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Workers who drink or use drugs may be able to hide their impairment from the boss, but sometimes the residents can tell right away, explains SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears.

Dealing with disruptive visitors

March 25, 2016     Alan C. Horowitz, RN, Esq

Residents have a right to visitors, but SNFs must maintain safety and the rights of others. Long-Term Living's Legal expert Alan C. Horowitz shares some complicated cases and offers intervention strategies from chief medical directors.

Preparing residents for emergencies

March 23, 2016     Stan Szpytek

All long-term living communities need protocols for managing a wide range of incidents whether the law requires it or not, and residents need to be part of the annual practice drills, says safety expert Stan Szpytek.

Facility staff and cell phones

March 21, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears remembers when cell phones were first introduced in her nursing home and how much the etiquette and technology has changed.

Gathering the gray cells

March 17, 2016     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Editor-in-Chief Pamela Tabar jumps into the data pool to help find a cure for Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders. Have you checked out the Brain Health Registry yet?

The tooth-breaker

March 14, 2016     Kathleen Mears

That infamous premade "chicken patty" might be convenient, but some residents would rather choose anything else than a dry, crunchy disk, says SNF resident blogger Kathy Mears.


Turning up the heat

March 7, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears explains the process for adjusting the thermostat in her room. (Hint: It's not as simple as adjusting the dial.)


Words of others

February 29, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Curses! SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears talks about what can happen when staffers use foul language, especially if residents view it as disrespect.

A smoking light fixture

February 22, 2016     Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears relates an exciting moment in the dining room, and how everyone reacted when smoke began pouring out of a dining room light fixture.

Predatory legal advertising: How nursing homes can respond

February 17, 2016     By Alan C. Horowitz, JD, RN

Legal advertisements that aim to exploit nursing homes often hit way below the belt, and nursing homes have the right to challenge them. Legal expert Alan C. Horowitz, JD, RN, explains what nursing homes can do to fight back against misleading and deceptive legal advertisements.

Silent deaths

February 15, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears mourns the loss of relatives she hadn't known died. Her contact with many family members has been limited after she moved into her nursing home. 

Tonight in Holly's world

February 8, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears talks about a fellow resident with memory loss who is reliving her younger days as a nurse by trying to care for other residents.

Wanted: Senior-savvy tech

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

2015 may have been the buzz year for "The Internet of Things," but 2016 could be about the "Internet of Meaningful Senior Tech Things."

Get ready to focus on fire doors

February 1, 2016     Stan Szpytek

Upcoming code compliance regs are about to take a fresh look at fire doors, says Long-Term Living's fire safety experty Stan Szpytek. Here's what your facility ops and risk management teams need to know.

Roving counselors

February 1, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears describes how setting a standing appointment made her more receptive and comfortable to counseling.